The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last gubernatorial election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has said that he was not informed of the logic behind the relocation of the Election Petition Tribunal from Osogbo to Abuja.
The relocation of the election tribunal was announced via a one-paragraph memo published on the notice board of the tribunal in Osogbo on Saturday evening.
The PDP candidate was furious that no reason was given for the relocation of the sittings to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory instead of the Osun State High Court in Osogbo, capital of Osun State where the three-man panel was sitting.
The information on the notice board reads: “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.”
The Secretary to the tribunal, Adamu Aliyu refused to speak on the reason for the relocation as he maintained sealed lips on the development.
Adeleke told Daily Trust that he would not be deterred from reclaiming his mandate wherever the tribunal is sitting. “Irrespective of the geographical location of the Tribunal; the facts remain unchanged.”
“Our lawyers and professionals are ready to expose all electoral frauds committed by the All Progressive Congress and Independent National Electoral Commission to subvert the will of Osun people and we shall retrieve the stolen mandate”, Adeleke said.