Osun gov petitions tribunal relocates to Abuja
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.