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Osun Election : PDP Appeal To National Judicial Council To Probe Relocation Of Tribunal Sitting

Osun Election : PDP Appeal To  National Judicial Council To Probe  Relocation Of Tribunal  Sitting

The  People's Democratic Party has called on the National Judicial Council to probe the sudden  relocation of the sitting of the Osun Governorship Election petition Tribunal to the Federal Capital, Abuja.

 The party also described  the relocation of the sitting of the Osun Governorship Election to Abuja as another sign that there is a desperate and evil plan by some forces to implement a pre-written script on the proceedings and outcome of its petition before the tribunal.

The party made this assertion today in a Press statement issued by the Osun State Chairman, Hon Soji Adagunodo.

The party said though it was not shocked by the relocation of the sitting of the tribunal away from Osogbo, the State capital in view of the several boastings of prominent APC leaders to that effect in the last few weeks, it is very disappointed that a very important institution like the Judiciary would allow itself to be cheaply  manipulated by unscrupulous elements in the political space.

The PDP recalled that the new panel was constituted in a very controversial manner by the President of the Court of Appeal whose family affinity with the All Progressive Congress has been an issue of concern to Nigerians who had wondered why the initial panel was disbanded without any justifiable reason.

''We believe that the  decision to relocate the Tribunal sitting to Abuja was also without any justifiable reason because there had been no reports on any security breach neither had there been any other cogent  factor that could have necessitated the action"

The party said it was very probable  that those who took the decision without consultation with counsels of the petitioners did so partly  to prevent the good people of Osun State from observing the proceedings of the tribunal and also to make it easier for the Federal authorities to influence its outcome.

We want to remind Honourable members of the tribunal of the dictum  of the eminent jurist Niki Tobi JSC  that “The true test of a fair hearing is the impression of a reasonable person who was present at the trial whether from his observation justice has been done".

We also reiterate that apart from the Court of public opinion which the conduct of the tribunal will be subjected to, there  is also a burden on the tribunal members to justify the expectations of God from those who hold such sacred offices and who are called upon to do justice without fear or favour.

"On our part as a party, we will continue to invite the attention of the National Judicial Council, Leaders of thought  and the international community to the happenings in Osun State and state what these portend for the 2019 general elections in Nigeria and the stability of the country as a whole."

"We are hopeful that the concerned persons and authorities will act speedily on this matter and restore the hope of the common man in Osun State in the judicial process as an aftermath of the last governorship election. "


Hon Soji Adagunodo

Chairman, PDP, Osun State

11th November 2018

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