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Lagos West: Aeroland Raises Alarm Over Missing Documents

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 at 1:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan Lagos

The Senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Lagos West in the 2015 general elections, Segun Adewale (Aeroland), has raised the alarm over alleged sudden disappearance of some vital documents which he tendered in support of his petition against the victory of Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Adeola as the winner of the election which was conducted on March 28, 2015.

Dissatisfied, Adewale had filed a petition before the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ikeja to challenge Adeola’s victory.

Adewale is specifically asking the Tribunal to nullify the declaration of Adeola as winner of the election.

But Adewale, in a petition written on his behalf by a group, Concerned Stakeholders of Lagos West Senatorial District, alleged that the lawyers to the defendants from the chambers of Muiz Banire, National Legal Adviser of APC, conspired with the officials of the tribunal to steal vital documents which were duly tendered in support of his petition.

The petition which was dated July 8, 2015, and addressed to the Chairman of the Tribunal, was made available to our correspondent on Monday.

The Concerned Stakeholders further alleged that the theft of the vital documents was nothing but pure despicable acts of desperation on the part of the APC candidate and his lawyers to thwart the cause of justice with active connivance of the staffers of the Tribunal.

The stakeholders wondered how all the documents validly tendered, sworn to and admitted in evidence, upon which Adewale was cross-examined by the defence lawyers, would suddenly disappear from the custody of the court.

They alleged further that the staff of the tribunal conspired with both APC and INEC lawyers, who they alleged are all from the same chambers of Banire, to perfect the theft of the said documents.

But when contacted, Banire said the allegation was not only strange but impossible.

Banire, who reacted via a text message, simply said: “Strange news. You know that is impossible and if there’s anybody to direct your enquiry to, it should be the Tribunal. To the best of my knowledge, I never heard of that.”