PDP Storms Court Over Disbandment Of Osun Electoral Tribunal
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State invaded the premises of the Osun State High Court on Wednesday.
They were protesting the alleged disbandment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal hearing matters arising from the recently concluded governorship poll in the state.
The PDP members, who protested in the court premises carried placards with inscriptions reading: ‘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 the alleged disbandment would have negative effect on the petition already filed in the court.
A former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Osun State, Niyi Owolade, who is one of the counsel for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, said the disbandment of the panel ought to have been done simultaneously with the constitution of a new one .
Adeleke’s counsel who said this while addressing journalists in front of the courtroom stressed that the dissolution of the three-man panel headed by Justice T. A. Igoche, would adversely affect the prosecution of the case.
The counsel said the petitioners were worried because they filed an exparte application for substituted service on the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Oyetola, and his party who he claimed had been evading service.
He, however said members and chairman of the tribunal were nowhere to be found when the application was supposed to be heard today.
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