The Labour Party is represented by 12 lawyers including 5 Senior Advocates.
The Labour Party in Ondo State, Wednesday, asked the Election Petition Tribunal to dismiss the petitions filed by Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and Olusola Oke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the victory of the Labour Party candidate and incumbent governor, Olusegun Mimiko, in the October 20 governorship election.
The LP’s prayer was contained in the party’s replies to the two petitions.
The party asked the Justice Kaka’an led tribunal to dismiss the petitions for flagrant violation of the mandatory provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 in the preparation, presentation and filing of the petitions.
The Notice of Preliminary Objection was filed by Yusuf Ali, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, leading the LP’s 12-man legal team including four other Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Ricky Tarfa, Adebayo Adelodun, Chukwuma Ekomaro and Abiodun Owonikoko.
The 3,110 page-reply to the PDP petition listed 2,024 witnesses to give evidence before the tribunal while that of the ACN has 1,340 pages with 2,023 listed as witnesses.
According to the LP, the claims in the petitions were in total contravention of the rules guiding the tribunal in addition to being incurably defective for non-joinder of necessary and desirable parties.
The second respondent, in the petitions, added that damaging, extensive and indicting criminal allegations were freely made against named persons and individuals who are not parties to the petitions.
To prove its case at the tribunal, The Labour Party is relying on Forms EC8A-D, ballot papers used during the poll, Voters Registers used on October 20 and during the 2011 Presidential election in the state, reports of local and international independent observers, reports of local and international media on the conduct of the election as well as video clips and photographs.
The Labour Party has also replied to the petitions of the Peoples Democratic Change, Accord Party and Congress for Progressive Change.