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Oni files contempt suit against Ekiti REC, petitions INEC boss

By Ayodele Afolabi, Ado-Ekiti
01 September 2022   |   2:04 am
The Ekiti State Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate for the June 18, 2022 election, Chief Segun Oni, has filed a contempt suit against the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr. Adeniran Tela, for alleged disobedience to election tribunal’s order.

The Ekiti State Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate for the June 18, 2022 election, Chief Segun Oni, has filed a contempt suit against the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr. Adeniran Tela, for alleged disobedience to election tribunal’s order.

Oni said the suit was filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission REC for allegedly violating the order of the tribunal availing him unfettered access to election materials used in the conduct of the election.

In another development, Oni, in a separate petition dated August 29, 2022 and addressed to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, accused the REC of deliberately trying to frustrate diligent prosecution of his case at the tribunal.

Owoseeni Ajayi, while addressing journalists in Ado- Ekiti, yesterday, on behalf of the legal team, said they took the action to challenge Tela’s directive to Oni to approach INEC office in Abuja rather than in Ado-Ekiti to get election materials to prosecute his case.

Ajayi said it was a flagrant abridgement of the law for the REC to have given such instruction.

saying that documents were issued and election materials inspected in Ado-Ekiti branch of INEC in all the previous election petition cases that had been held in the state.