Kogi Central Senate: No cause for alarm, Dr. Oseni enjoins constituents

Kogi Central Senator-elect, Dr. Yakubu Oseni has enjoined his teeming supporters and constituents not to lose sleep over the ongoing legal tussle challenging his victory at the poll.

This is on the heels of the adjournment of hearing by Kogi Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja as a result of failure of the plaintiffs in filing their applications.

It would be recalled that in a consolidated petitions, candidates of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti and People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Ogembe challenged the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Yakubu Oseni.

Also, it should be noted that while Natasha is seeking for outright cancellation of elections in three Local Government Areas of Okene, Adavi and Ajaokuta which would purportedly pave way for her emergence, Senator Ogembe submitted among other issues that Dr. Oseni, a former Executive Chairman of Kogi Internal Revenue Service (KIRS) did not resign before the election.

While presenting his case, the lead Counsel to Barr. Natasha Akpoti of SDP with petition No. EPT/KG/SEN/02/2019, Barr. Ayo Asala said, they filed two applications and served all the correspondents involved, explaining that they were served late because of the nature of the applications.

In his argument, the counsel to Dr. Yakubu Oseni of APC, Barr. E.B Daudu, pointed out that though he was served late, he was able to file a counter application to the effect.

He disclosed that his application was seeking the relief of the honourable tribunal to strike out the petition filed by the Counsel to Barr. Natasha Akpoti for non compliance.

He added that he had attached a fourteen paragraph affidavit to his application and supported it by written address filed on 7th May.

After minutes of intense argument and counter argument, chairman of the tribunal in his ruling held that Judgement for the application seeking for amendment would be taken alongside other applications of pre-hearing and subsequently adjourned the case to June 1st for further hearing.

While reacting, Dr. Yakubu Oseni who expressed confidence in the ability of the judiciary, assured his constituents that he would do everything legally possible to maintain their mandate, revealing that Sheriff’s case against him which had since been struck out by High Court, had again suffered setback at the Appeal court on the 21st May, 2019 for lack of merit.

“Power belongs to God and He gives it to whoever He wishes. I will never be distracted by the attempted legal machination of my oppositions. The coast would soon be clear,” he opined.

AYO Media Team.

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