Story Published on: Mar 26th, 2009
The people’s anxiety for the legal tussle to end as soon as possible in Osun State became higher on Wednesday, as the Justice Victor Omage-led Court of Appeal panel, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State has fixed next week Monday 30th March 2009, for the verdict in the governorship tango between the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola and the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the state.
When the news for the date filtered into the state, OSUN DEFENDER gathered that members of opposition political parties became a little bit relieved, as they had reportedly been long awaiting the verdict.
It was learnt that AC members resorted to prayer that God should crown their efforts to reclaim the stolen mandate through the appellate court, when they heard of the date.
Findings showed that immediately the news filtered into the state, groups and individuals in AC started organizing prayer sessions as they have been doing since the beginning of the legal tussle.
However, sources close to the leadership of the PDP informed the medium that the party leaders are now in fear of being sacked by the appellate court.
When the news of the date got to the ruling party’s leadership, the source revealed that some of the party leaders were putting through telephone calls to one another for information about the date fixed by the court.
Some of the PDP members were reported to have started courting their AC counterparts ahead of the court ruling.
Aregbesola had dragged Oyinlola to the Court of Appeal, challenging the upholding of his (Oyinlola’s) controversial April 14, 2007 election by the Justice Thomas Naron –led Election Petitions Tribunal that sat in the state.
The AC candidate is praying the court to nullify the result of the governorship election in 10 out of the 30 local government area of the state and declare him the winner of the poll.
During the hearing before the Justice Victor Omage-led appeal panel, the application to amend the brief of argument, filed by Aregbesola’s counsel, Chief Kola Awodein (SAN) was granted.
The panel also granted Aregbesola’s application to consolidate all the interlocutory appeals with the main appeal against the various rulings of the lower tribunal.
The interlocutory appeals include the reports on the forensic inspection of ballot papers used for the election, report of the physical counting of the ballot papers used and unused, and the police security report of the election, which indicted many of the PDP leaders in the state.
Among those indicted were Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Ibukun Fadipe, Isaac Makinwa, all PDP leaders and the PDP lawmaker representing Atakumosa East and West of the state, Hon. Joshua Ogunleye.
By kazeem mohammed