After thoroughly evaluating the country’s security, the leadership of the Appeal Court has rejected Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola’s request to relocate the sitting of the electoral tribunal from the state to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
The court said that there was no need to move the case away from the state as requested by Oyetola, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), since all that was needed for the tribunal to achieve its purpose was already available at its present location.
Response to Oyetola’s request was contained in a letter signed by the Chief Registrar Court of Appeal, Bangari Umar, and made public on Friday to newsmen in the state.
The letter was titled: RE: PETITION NO, EPT/OS/GOV/01/2022, ADEGBOYEGA ISIAKA OYETOLA & ANOR V. INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION & 2 ORS,
According to the note, Oyetola had last month written to the President of the Court, Justice M.B Dongban Mensem, stressing explicitly reasons the sitting should be moved away from its present location.
The Court of Appeal noted that after due consultation on, and consideration of Oyetola’s request, the President of the Court was unable to accede to the proposal as the security agencies in the state have assured the Court of their cooperation and support in enhancing the security of the Tribunal and its sittings.
According to the letter: “Kindly refer to your letter to the Hon. President of the Court of Appeal, dated 23rd August 2022 on the above subject matter.
“I am directed by the Honourable President, Hon. Justice M.B Dongban Mensem to inform you that after due consultation on, and consideration of your request to move the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal currently sitting in Osogbo to Abuja, the Hon. President is unable to accede to your request as the security agencies in the State have assured the Court of their co-operation and support in enhancing the security of the Tribunal and its sittings.”