Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State have taken to the premises of the Osun State High Court to protest the alleged disbandment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which was set up to treat the matters arising from the recently concluded governorship poll in the state.
According to Punch, the protesting members were spotted carrying placards, some of which read: ‘Why the sudden disbandment of the panel?’ Constitute a new panel immediately now?’ No more Salamigate in Osun’ Save our democracy from rogues’”
Reacting to the development, Senator Ademola Adeleke’s counsel, a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Osun State, Mr Niyi Owolade, shared his disappointment, noting that the disbandment of the panel ought to have been done simultaneously with the constitution of a new one.
“We were told by court officials that the 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,” he said. “Our 180 days have started counting since October 16 and final judgment is expected to be given in this petition before April 16, 2019.”
This comes amid the recent drama involving the petitioner Adeleke, who is facing trial over alleged examination malpractices.