Osun gov pe­ti­tions tri­bunal re­lo­cates to Abuja

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THE Osun State Gov­er­nor­ship Elec­tion Pe­ti­tions Tri­bunal has re­lo­cated its sit­tings to Abuja.

The no­tice of re­lo­ca­tion signed by the Sec­re­tary to the tri­bunal, Adamu Aliyu, was pasted on the no­tice board of the tri­bunal in Osogbo on Satur­day.

Aliyu did not state any rea­son for the re­lo­ca­tion of the sit­tings of the three-man panel to Abuja in the no­tice dated No­vem­ber 9, 2018.

When con­tacted on the tele­phone to know the rea­sons for the re­lo­ca­tion, the tri­bunal’s sec­re­tary di­rected our cor­re­spon­dent to visit the no­tice board to read the no­tice.

The one-para­graph no­tice read, “This is to in­form the gen­eral pub­lic that the sit­ting of the Osun State Gov­er­nor­ship Elec­tion Pe­ti­tions Tri­bunal has been re­lo­cated from High Court of Jus­tice Com­plex, Osogbo to FCT High Court No 24, Apo Abuja.”

How­ever, the gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party in the Osun State gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion, Sen­a­tor Ade­mola Adeleke, in a re­ac­tion to the re­lo­ca­tion, said that would not stop him from ex­pos­ing the al­leged fraud per­pe­trated by the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion dur­ing the poll.

The PDP gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date, who is the sec­ond pe­ti­tioner in the case, said this in a state­ment is­sued by his younger, Dele Adeleke, and a copy of which was made avail­able to our cor­re­spon­dent in Osogbo on Satur­day.

The state­ment read, “Our po­si­tion is that we were not in­formed of the logic be­hind the re­lo­ca­tion of the tri­bunal to Abuja.

“Ir­re­spec­tive of the geo­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion of the tri­bunal, the facts re­main un­changed that Sen­a­tor Nu­rudeen Ade­mola Adeleke re­mains the law­ful holder of the man­date of the peo­ple of Osun State as their elected gov­er­nor.

“He and his team of lawyers and pro­fes­sion­als re­main un­de­terred in the quest to ex­pose all elec­toral frauds com­mit­ted by the APC and INEC to sub­vert the will of Osun peo­ple and re­trieve the stolen man­date.”

But the PDP which is the first pe­ti­tioner in the case has said that it would wait till Sun­day be­fore re­act­ing to the re­lo­ca­tion.

The Sec­re­tary of the PDP in Osun State, Mr Bola Ajao, said this when our cor­re­spon­dent called him on the tele­phone to know the po­si­tion of the party.

Ajao said, “I just heard of it know but let us wait till to­mor­row (Sun­day) be­fore re­act­ing. By then, we would have had a clearer pic­ture of what prompted this.”

The rul­ing party in the state, the APC, also said it would re­act to the new de­vel­op­ment later.

The Direc­tor of Pub­lic­ity, Re­search and Strat­egy of the APC in Osun State, Mr Kunle Oy­atomi, said this when our cor­re­spon­dent sought to know the po­si­tion of the party on the de­vel­op­ment.

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