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Osun Guber: PDP, APC Trade Words Over Alleged Plan To Influence Tribunal’s Judgment



The All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday engaged in a war of words over alleged plot to influence the tribunal’s judgment on the state government poll won by the latter

Recall that after the admission of the written addresses of all the parties involved in the mater, the Osun Election Petition Tribunal, led by Justice Tetsea Kume, had on Friday reserved the judgement on the petition filed by the APC candidate for the poll, Gboyega Oyetola.

However, PDP has accused Oyetola of planning to influence the the judgement.

The ruling party warned the tribunal not to be compromised.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Osun State Caretaker Chairman of the party, Dr Adekunle Akindele disclosed that credible information revealed that the former Governor is struggling to schedule a secret meeting with the members of the Tribunal for this Friday at a closely guarded location.

He said: “information at our disposal confirms the evil plot to corrupt and hijack the Tribunal outcome. The plot has reached an advanced stage. The former Governor is running around to get the judges to agree to a meeting for this Friday. But he will not succeed because the judges will not agree to such a meeting. Panel members are men of integrity and good conscience.

” We want to affirm the trust of PDP and Governor Ademola Adeleke in the integrity and incorruptibility of the members of the panel and the Nigerian judiciary as a whole. We know the panel members, their antecedents and their high sense of equity and fairness. We have no doubt the panel will not succumb to the evil scheming of those who detest democracy and are desperate to upturn the will of the people”, the statement affirmed.

“The PDP seeks to warn that 2022 is not 2018 and any attempt to tamper with the will of the people will be lawfully resisted by our people. The scam of 2018 cannot resurface in 2022 as the judiciary has assumed a new toga as a defender of democracy. Mr Oyetola is hereby advised to be prepared for another failure in his bid to corrupt the judiciary as panel members are clearly and openly not for sale.

However, the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while reacting expressed a surprise at “the low reasoning and level of demonstrated administrative ineptitude of those saddled with the leadership of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for it to be prioritizing diatribes, harangues and tirades in running the affairs of their party and the government”.

The state Acting Chairman of the APC, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, while reacting to the allegations said it was a pity that some disgruntled elements could choose to feed the members of the public with fallacy.

Lawal stated that the Osun PDP handlers are only trying to be clever by half by rolling out absolute falsehood in order to justify the imminent failure awaiting them at the tribunal.

He tutored the government of Adeleke and his ineptitude party that Oyetola needs not press any botton for his victory in all ramifications as it has not been his stock in trade which he could not now copy at his age.

The Acting State APC Chairman hinted that Oyetola could be likened to a metaphorical brilliant student who is always burning his candles at both ends before, during and after any examination and not in the league of those who wrote the NECO examinations three years before the establishment of the examination body itself.

The members of the public are implored to disregard the mere composition rolled out by the PDP about corner cutting by Oyetola concerning the tribunal as it’s absolute falsehood and a figment of the imagination of those who put it together.