Osun State Election Petitions Tribunal has fixed October 13 for the hearing of all preliminary motions arising from the petition filed by All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Governor Gboyega Oyetola against Ademola Adeleke as the Governor-elect.
At the sitting of the Tribunal on Tuesday, Counsel for the petitioners, Lasun Sanusi (SAN), told the court that his response to the pre-hearing form had been filed and issues had been formulated for the Tribunal to determine.
He told the court that counsel for both petitioners and respondents had agreed on the time for examination, cross-examination and re-examination of witnesses, to ensure that the hearing is not unnecessarily prolonged.
He said: “We have both agreed that examination of witnesses should take five minutes, cross-examination 10 minutes and re-examination five minutes. For expert witnesses, examination for 15 minutes, cross-examination 20 minuteS and re-examination is five minutes”.
Counsels to INEC, Paul Ananaba (SAN), PDP, Alex Izinyon (SAN) and Adeleke, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN) agreed to the scheduling of the hearing as listed by the petitioners’ counsel.
Respondents’ counsels one after the other also told the court that they had filed responses to the pre-hearing form served on them by the tribunal.
On the number of witnesses to be called, the petitioners’ counsel said he has more than enough quality witnesses and would be willing to forgo the calling of some of them as the case proceeds, with a view to saving the time of the tribunal.
Subsequently, counsel for the respondents informed the tribunal of his intention to move some preliminary applications which have just been filed, but the petitioners’ counsel said he should be allowed to respond to any application filed.
Watkins fires Villa into fourth as Spurs pay tribute to Venables
Ollie Watkins fired Aston Villa into fourth place in the Premier League as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Tottenham on a day the hosts paid tribute to former boss Terry Venables.
Unai Emery’s side trailed to Giovani Lo Celso’s first goal of the season in the first half in north London.
But Pau Torres equalised just before the break and Watkins’ 12th goal this term wrapped up an impressive result for revitalised Villa.
Villa moved above Tottenham into fourth, with Ange Postecoglou’s team falling two points behind them in fifth after a third successive defeat stalled their early-season momentum.
Tottenham have squandered the lead in all three of their defeats, but Postecoglou could point to the injuries that have robbed him of several key players including James Maddison.
Villa’s resilient third away win in their last 11 league games underlined the improvements made by Emery since he replaced the sacked Steven Gerrard last season.
Sitting just two points behind leaders Arsenal, Villa have won four of their last five league games to spark genuine hopes of a top four challenge.
As a innovative former manager of England, Barcelona and Tottenham, where he won the FA Cup in 1991, Venables would have appreciated the attacking quality of both teams on the day he passed away aged 80.
With both teams wearing black armbands, a picture of Venables was displayed on each of the big screens during a minute of applause in celebration of his life before kick-off.
Tottenham were on top in the opening stages and Dejan Kulusevski blasted against the post after showing nimble footwork to prise open the Villa defence.
Postecoglou’s men were back on the offensive as Bryan Gil was denied by a fine save from Emiliano Martinez.
Their enterprising play reaped a deserved reward in the 22nd minute when Villa could only clear a corner to the edge of the area, where Lo Celso hammered a powerful strike that deflected in off Carlos.
– Clinical Watkins –
Villa thought they had mustered an immediate response as Watkins glanced his header past Guglielmo Vicario from Lucas Digne’s cross.
But, after a VAR check of almost three minutes, the goal was disallowed for a tight offside against Watkins.
Kulusevski was inches away from doubling Tottenham’s lead with a curler before Son Heung-min’s goal was chalked off for another offside.
For all their dashing play in attack, Tottenham were vulnerable at the back and Villa took advantage in first half stoppage-time.
Douglas Luiz’s free-kick found Torres unmarked 10 yards out and the Spanish defender thumped his header past Vicario, with the goal surviving another extended VAR check.
Villa were nearly gifted the lead early in the second half when Vicario allowed Leon Bailey’s shot to squirm under him before gratefully grabbing the ball after it rebounded off the post.
Emery’s men exposed the flaws in Tottenham’s defence again to take the lead in the 61st minute.
A neat move climaxed with Watkins playing a one-two with Youri Tielemans to open up the creaky Tottenham rearguard before the England striker guided a clinical finish into the far corner from 12 yards.
Pedro Porro was close an instant equaliser with a strike that Martinez pushed away at full-stretch.
Villa remained a threat and Digne’s free-kick forced a good save from Vicario before Watkins headed narrowly wide.
Martinez made excellent stops to repel efforts from Brennan Johnson and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg before Son’s strike was disallowed for offside to cap a frustrating afternoon for Tottenham.
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Ligue 1: Moffi’s Winning Goal Secures Victory for Nice Against Toulouse
Securing a 1-0 victory for OGC Nice in their Ligue 1 clash on Sunday, Terem Moffi scored the decisive goal of the game.
With both teams unable to create clear-cut chances, the first half ended goalless.
Moffi found the back of the net in the 54th minute after an assist from Morgan Sanson.
It marked the 24-year-old’s first goal in seven league outings for Les Aiglons.
Having scored four goals and provided two assists in 13 league appearances for Les Aiglons this season, the Nigeria international continues to impress.
With 29 points from 13 games, Nice maintains their second position on the table.
Francesco Farioli’s side is set to face Nantes in their upcoming game.