The Osun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the National Judicial Council to investigate the relocation of the sitting of the Osun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to Abuja.
In a statement on Sunday by the Chairman Osun PDP, Soji Adagunodo, the party described the relocation of the tribunal to Abuja as another sign that the All Progressives Congress (APC) wants to implement a pre-written script on the proceedings and outcome of the tribunal.
The PDP also expressed disappointment that a very important institution like the Judiciary would allow itself to be cheaply manipulated by unscrupulous elements in the political space.
The statement reads in part, “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.
“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.”