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Protests Over Osun State Alleged Election Petition Tribunal Disbandment

A report by The Punch indicates that members of the PDP in Osun state are protesting on the premises of the high court following the alleged disbandment of the governorship election petition tribunal hearing matters arising from the recently concluded governorship poll in the state.

According to the report, scores of PDP members who are staging a peaceful protest in the court premises carried placards with the inscriptions such as ‘Why the sudden disbandment of the panel?’ Constitute a new panel immediately now?’ No more Salamigate in Osun’ Save our democracy from rogues.’ They said that the alleged disbandment would have a negative effect on the case of the petitioner. A former attorney general and commissioner for justice in Osun state, , who is one of the counsels for the governorship candidate of the PDP in Osun state, , said the disbandment of the election petition tribunal panel ought to have been done simultaneously with the constitution of a new one. Adeleke’s counsel who raised the alarm while addressing journalists in front of the courtroom, said the dissolution of the three-man election petition tribunal panel headed by , would adversely affect the prosecution of the case.

The counsel said that they were worried because they filed an exparte application for substituted service on the candidate of the , and the APC who he claimed had been evading service. He, however, said that members and chairman of the tribunal were nowhere to be found when the application was supposed to be heard today. His words: “We were told by court officials that the election petition tribunal panel has been disbanded. But what is more surprising is that a new panel has not been put in place. It should be done simultaneously. Our 180 days have started counting since October 16 and final judgment is expected to be given in this petition before April 16, 2019.” Idris made the commendation in a statement sent to journalists by the police spokesman, , on Friday, September 28.

The police boss also stated that there were no official complaints of violence from residents reported at any police station or division in the state. He also dismissed media reports that some policemen harassed journalists, election observers and voters during the re-run election

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