The Omisore Campaign Office has dismissed media reports alleging that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) played a role in the removal of the former Chairman of the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal, Justice I M Bako.
The campaign office was reacting to a report in one of the national dailies, which claimed that All Progressives Congress’ opposition to the new Chairman of the tribunal was in reaction to a similar position earlier taken by the PDP against the ousted Chairman.
The organization, in a press statement signed by Victor Oriola, said the story was the figment of imagination of the writer.
The statement read in part: “Our attention has been drawn to a news item published on page 7 of The Nation newspaper of Friday September 12, 2014, titled, “APC seeks removal of Osun Tribunal’s chair”. In the said story, the reporter obviously writing from the figment of his imagination alluded to the fact that since the PDP was responsible for the removal of the former chairman of the Tribunal, Justice I M Bako, the APC is also calling for the removal of Justice Ambrussa.
“From the foregoing, the story is farther from the truth and an outright fabrication to cause an undue delay and probably undermine the Tribunal. The PDP has no hand in the removal of Justice Bako and neither are we interested in the removal of Justice Ambrussa.
“The PDP as a party has stated right from the onset of the proceeding at the tribunal that we have an abiding faith in God that the judiciary will dispense Justice in this matter because of the overwhelming evidence at our disposal that the APC rigged the August 9 gubernatorial election”, it added.
The Omisore campaign office described the report as an attempt by the incumbent governor to delay justice and undermine the tribunal.
“It is highly reprehensible for Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to be playing hide and seek game in order to delay justice and undermine the Tribunal despite his bravado that he won the August 9 poll. If he had won fair and square as he wants people to believe, he ought to have been prepared to defend the mandate and dispense with justice early enough so that he can face the business of governance instead of grandstanding”, it said.