Absence of Witness Stalls Hearing of Rhodes-Vivour’s Petition Against Sanwo-Olu

The hearing of Rhodes-Vivour’s petition against Sanwo-Olu was postponed due to the absence of a witness.

The proceedings were interrupted as the designated witness failed to appear, leading to a delay in the hearing of the petition. This absence hindered the progress of the case and caused frustration among the parties involved.

The petitioner, Rhodes-Vivour, had initiated the legal action against Sanwo-Olu, and the court was prepared to proceed with the hearing. However, the unavailability of the witness necessitated an adjournment until a later date when the witness could be present to provide testimony.

The witness was the 11th person called by the LP candidate in his petition challenging Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s victory in the election.

Rhodes-Vivour is challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaration of Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the exercise over alleged widespread irregularities and voter intimidation.

He had so far presented over 20,000 documents before the tribunal.

Monday’s proceedings, Idowu Benson, who held brief for the petitioner’s lead counsel, Olumide Ayeni (SAN), told the tribunal that the witness came to the court earlier but left thereafter for medical attention.

He asked the panel to adjourn the proceeding till Tuesday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) counsel, Eric Ogiegor; and his colleague representing the governor, Segun Ajibola, did not object to the application for an adjournment.