ANXIETY has continued to rise in Osun State over the further hearing of the appeal filed by the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in Osun State, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola before the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The hearing, which is expected to be the last before the judgment was at the last adjourned date fixed for Monday, March 9, but was rescheduled to Tuesday March 10.
The re-scheduling of the hearing was prompted due to the declaration of March 9 as public holiday by the Federal Government.
The presiding judge, Justice Victor Omage had told counsel to the parties in the matter, the intention of the appeal panel to conclude the hearing’ of the matter at the next adjourned date.
However, the information passed across by the panel has made the expectation of political parties’ supporters, especially of AC extraction to be higher.
The expected hearing has become a talk of the town, as people were being heard discussing about the legal tussle.
As members of opposition political parties in the state hoped that what they called the stolen mandate would be retrieved by the AC candidate, some Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) supporters have reportedly been gripped by fear of losing power through the appellate court.
While members of AC across the state have remained more fervent in prayer and fasting, OSUN DEFENDER gathered that some of the Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola‘s aides in the state have allegedly started packing some of the government properties from their official quarters to their personal houses.
It would be recalled that at the last sitting of the appeal panel, the application filed by Aregbesola’s counsel to include the certified true copies of the call-log of the alleged secret telephone conversation between Oyinlola’s counsel, Kunle Kalejaiye (SAN) and members of the Justice Thomas Naron-led Election Petitions
Tribunal was rejected on the basis that it was not tendered at the lower tribunal.
The ruling of the appeal panel was misinterpreted by Oyinlola and his supporters, as they started jubilating that they have won the matter, a situation that depressed, opposition parties’ members in the state.
When they were enlightened that the rejection of the call-log has not affected Aregbesola’s case, their hope rose, as their expectation over the case became higher.
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED