The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday has disclosed that a total number of seventeen petitions (17) have arose from 2019 general election in Oyo state.
These petitions have since being submitted to election petition tribunal in the State.
Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Barrister Mutiu Agboke made this disclosure during the presentation of certificates of return to the Governor-elect, Engineer Seyi Makinde, deputy Governor-elect, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan and 32 members-elect in the state House of Assembly.
Makinde and Olaniyan who contested under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won the gubernatorial election held on Saturday 9th March.
Agboke while speaking said that the seventeen (17) petitions arose from the general elections in 2019.
According to him, “Presently, arising from the general elections in the state, we have a total of seventeen (17) petitions before the Oyo state election petition tribunal.
“The breakdown is four (4), senatorial and thirteen (13) House of Representatives petitions. Filling and hearing of election petitions fall into post-election activities as aggrieved candidates are given the opportunity of presenting their grievances before the judiciary.
“After each general election, it is customary with the commission to organise retreats, workshops and seminars involving all relevant stakeholders in order to conduct wholistic review of the election and profer necessary amendments and corrections where necessary. In the course of these interactions, reports from both domestic and foreign observers missions/groups would be critically analysed and thoroughly considered.
“The commission, in collaboration with all the strategic stakeholders will continue to improve on the electoral process in order to further consolidate our democracy. No stone shall be left unturned in our journey to being the flagship among the election management bodies in Africa.
“Lest I conclude this address, on behalf of the entire staff of INEC Oyo state, let me express very hearty congratulations to the Excellences, the Governor-elect, the deputy Governor-elect and the 32 honourable members of the Oyo state House of Assembly. We wish you a very successful, positive and impactful tenure as you take the leadership responsibility of Oyo state”.
At the presentation of the certificates were the INEC National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Osun and Ekiti, Prince Solomon Adedeji Soyebi, Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Barrister Mutiu Agboke, security chiefs and others.
Politicians at the event includes wife of immediate past governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, Mrs Feyi Fayose, former minister of steel and power, Elder Wole Oyelese, wife of late strongman of Ibadan politics, Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu, Chief Bose Adedibu among others