Security beefed up as Osun Election Tribunal delivers judgment

Senator Iyiola Omisore
Senator Iyiola Omisore

Security was beefed up in Osogbo Friday as the Election Petition Tribunal prepared to deliver its judgment on the August 9, 2014 governorship election in the state.

The roads leading to the premises of the State High Court, venue of the tribunal’s sitting, were manned by security operatives.

The governorship candidate of the PDP, Iyiola Omisore, had dragged Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the tribunal.

The PDP candidate, who came second in the election with 292,747 votes as against Mr. Aregbesola’s 394,684 votes, prayed the tribunal to sack the governor and declare him the winner of the poll.

Those entering the premises were subjected to a thorough search by security men while those who did not have genuine identification cards were turned back.

Journalists were also searched and allowed to go in after presenting their identification cards.

Mobile and regular police officers, officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and operatives of the State Security Service were also sighted at strategic locations in the town.

Meanwhile, the police in the state have warned supporters of the APC and PDP against fomenting trouble after the tribunal’s judgment.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Folasade Odoro, gave the warning in a telephone interview in Osogbo.
Mr. Odoro said anybody caught fomenting trouble would face the full weight of the law.

The spokesperson said the police would ensure adequate security in the state.


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