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The Chairman of the Ogun state Labour party, Com. Arabambi Abayomi has pointed accusing fingers to the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo over the disbandment of the Ogun state governorship election Petition tribunal which was led by Justice Chinwe Onyeabo.
It should be recalled that PLATFORM TIMES had earlier reported that an internal memo had been sent to the panel instructing them to immediately leave the state for another judicial assignment elsewhere.
Giving his view on the development, Arabambi emphasised that the Vice President must have been the mastermind behind the disbandment of the panel owing to the recent comment of the state governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun in the United Kingdom, where he eulogised the Vice President for standing firm behind him throughout the electioneering period in the state.
Arabambi also expressed shock on the decision of the Appeal Court President to disband the Onyeabor’s panel over a motion of notice which is yet to be ripe for hearing.
Arabambi further said that the Chairman of the newly constituted panel, Justice Adenike Coker from Lagos Division was a magistrate while Osinbajo was the Attorney General and Justice Commissioner in Lagos State.
The Party, however, threatened not to do any judicial business with the new panel until it is properly communicated on the reasons for which Onyeabo panel was disbanded.
Arabambi also dismissed an allegation that the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun induced the panel with N1.5 billion.
He also added that the matter which was decided was an intraparty affair of Labour Party that didn’t concern the APC, the Allied People’s Movement or governor Amosun.
He said, “This disbandment was orchestrated by the Vice President of Nigeria. My claim is hinged on the fact that Dapo Abiodun was recently in a UK church where he eulogised the VP for his support before, during and after the election.
“Secondly, I don’t see a correlation where a mere motion before a court of competent jurisdiction will be heard in the bedroom of the court of appeal President, I don’t know where that is done and we are not expecting her to take orders from a political party but we expect them to do the right thing and restore the earlier panel.
“The other issue that is fundamental is that the woman Judge they are bringing, Justice Coker cannot act in Ogun State because she is from Lagos State which is the dominant area of APC government. This woman has served as Magistrate when VP was Attorney General in Lagos State.
“Up till today, we are not in receipt of any communication from the Court of Appeal and if we are the petitioner, we ought to have been explained to on why the Panel was disbanded.
“As far as we are concerned, these judges are APC judges who are acting on a mere application by the APC.”
One of the APC Counsels in the ongoing case, Habeeb Ajayi said the disbandment has nothing to do with the Party’s application adding that he was aware of a reshufflement of tribunal judges across the nation.
His words, “How can the Tribunal move ahead to decide the petition when we are the respondent? Why would the tribunal do our job for us, we are supposed to oppose or concede
“What we are saying is that we have not been given the opportunity to be heard, how can you decide such vital issues as to which petition is competent and which one is not competent? It is as if the tribunal has made up its mind”.