Ogun Tribunal : LP vows to appeal Ruling

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Olasunkanmi Akinlotan

The Ogun state Labour Party has said all is set to appeal the quashing out of its application before the Tribunal describing the judgement as a politically induced action.

The party made this vow through a release signed by the state Chairman of the Party Com. Arabambi Abayomi and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, the state capital on Saturday.

The party made its position 24 hours after the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Yussuf Halilu struck out the party’s petition over non-appearance of the party’s counsel before the Tribunal on Friday.

The Labour Party was seeking redress over what it called an unlawful exclusion of the party’s logo from the Governorships ballot paper shutting the party out of the March 9th Governorship election in the state.

Earlier, the Chairman of the party had written to both the Appeal Court and the Tribunal in the state intimating both courts of his willingness to relocate the sitting to Abuja over what he described as threat of his life.

The release reads in part, “At the stage of empanelling the members of the Tribunal, a lot of deliberate attempt at playing Russian roulette was openly demonstrated the ” we are in power ” intimidation against the petitioners and the petition .” The members of the Tribunal were sent through various jiggling to at last give the justifiable impression that the panel that could be coerced, intimidated or bring to compromise was found.

“At a point when the Tribunal was approaching the truth and it became clear to them that their lies are already hunting them, they became wild and started running after our (the petitioner, witnesses and our counsels) lives.

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“The Tribunal was adequately notified in several acknowledged letters of official complaints.

“This later got much worse and far, too dangerous along the line which triggered series of acknowledged official letters of security complaints to the Tribunal, the Appeal Court President and the Inspector General of the Police asking for the transfer of the case out of Ogun State for security reasons. The threat to the lives of our Witnesses, our Counsels including we the Petitioners got so dangerous and physical sometimes.

“All of these were known and acknowledged by the Tribunal , yet the predetermined conspiracy that had all the time been in place was activated when the Tribunal was sure that the series of intimidations and threats to lives have conveniently scared the witnesses away to open the way for a ruling that will play out the conspiracy of the political wolves hyenas.

“What they fail to understand is that a right to appeal is alive and it won’t be in Ogun State where an organised crowd of assassins can be free to target the lives of the witnesses, the Counsels and the Petitioners.

“Only a witness who is alive can testify. We are assuring the public that nothing has changed, the case is alive and has been Appealed already before the court of appeal in IBADAN.

“The public should be aware that, what some Judicial merchants in politics are trying to do and seemingly with the cooperation of their collaborators in the Judiciary is to make getting justice difficult”.

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