NEWS DIGEST–The Osun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in the FCT High Court, Apo, has shifted hearing in the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party and its candidate, Sen. Ademola Adeleke until Dec. 5 to enable parties in the matter put“ their houses in order”. The tribunal ordered all parties appearing before it to file and exchange all necessary processes that will facilitate quick hearing of all issues on or before the adjourned date. Justice Ibrahim Muhammad Sirajo, who is the chairman of the tribunal, ordered the lawyers to cooperate with his tribunal to enable it to discharge its mandate within the time allowed by law.
Sirajo held that the tribunal may abridge time for the parties where necessary in order to ensure quick dispensation of the petition within the ambit of the law. At the proceedings, respondents informed the tribunal that they were yet to be served with some processes of the petitioners. Justice Sirajo promptly ordered the tribunal secretary to serve them with the court papers in the courtroom to avoid delay in the hearing. The PDP candidate, Adeleke, who witnessed the proceedings, told judiciary correspondents that he was satisfied with the pace of hearing of his petition by the tribunal and expressed confidence that he would recover his mandate.
He, however, appealed to the people of Osun especially members of the PDP and his supporters to be calm and avoid any violence no matter the provocation from anywhere, adding that justice would be done to the petition being adjudicated upon by the tribunal. (NAN)