Saturday, 20 December 2014

Yemi Osinbajo, Aregbesola Appears Before Osun Tribunal Amidst Tight Security (PHOTOS)





 Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) lead the defense team of  governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State  to the Election Petitions Tribunal against PDP  candidate  Iyiola Omisore challenging the August 9 victory of  Rauf Aregbesola.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State  appeared before the Election Petitions Tribunal hearing matters arising from the August 9 governorship election in the state, after Iyiola Omisore of PDP filed a lawsuit challenging Aregbesola’s victory.


There were more armed security agents around the court premises than usual to make sure nothing goes out of hand. The road in front of the court was closed and commercial vehicles were totally restricted while private vehicles with verifiable missions around the area, were only allowed to move on the road. Below is how Punch reports the outcome of the tribunal.

Security was heightened around the Osun State High Court premises on Friday as Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo ( SAN), appeared before the Election Petitions Tribunal hearing matters arising from the August 9 governorship election in the state.



There were more armed security agents in the court and around the court premises on Friday than at the previous sittings.

The police, as usual, closed the road in front of the court to commercial vehicles and motorcycles while private cars, with verifiable missions around the area, were allowed to move on the road.
Operatives of the Department of State Security and Explosives Ordinance Department were on the ground to ensure that there was no security breach.



The duo appeared before the Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime-led tribunal on the day when the second respondent, the APC opened their defence in the petition filed by Senator Iyiola Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party to challenge Aregbesola’s victory.

Osinbajo, who led witnesses, called by the second respondent, in evidence.
The APC called Isahu Olawale from Ejigbo Local Government Area; Musa Abdulbaki from Osogbo Local Government Area; Opeyemi Olalemi from Atakumosa East and Ayomide Otegbayo from Obokun Local Government Area.



The four witnesses told the panel that the election was free, fair and credible while being led in evidence by the second respondent’s counsel.
The witnesses insisted that the election was credible during the cross examination by the petitioner’s counsel, Mr. Nathaniel Oke (SAN).

The panel adjourned sitting to Saturday for the APC to continue with the testimonies of their witnesses.
Osinbajo insisted in an interview with journalists after the proceedings that the August 9 governorship poll in the state was credible.

He said, “We called all of the witnesses we wanted to call and they all performed very well. We hope to see clearly that this was a free and fair election and that the APC won the election fair and square. That is what we certainly hope to see.”

Aregbesola said he was at the tribunal to honour the panel and to fraternise with Osinbajo, who is the running mate to Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the presidential candidate of the APC.
He said he was pleased with the testimonies of all the witnesses called by the second respondent to defend his victory against the petition.











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