The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended the judiciary for rejecting the relocation petition of the Osun All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Osun APC had petitioned that the Osun Election Petition Tribunal be relocated to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
In a press statement signed by Akindele Adekunle, Osun PDP Caretaker on Sunday, the party affirmed that there was no justification for such request.
"Our attention has been drawn to series of prejudicial media publications from Mr Gboyega Oyetola and the All Progressive Congress (APC) over the petition challenging the election of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the Governor of Osun state.
"We notice with disappointment that the intensity of the sponsored, subjudice media trial increased soon after the rejection by the President, Court of Appeal of Oyetola’s request to relocate the Tribunal sitting from Osogbo to Abuja.
"We first of all commend the judiciary for rejecting the relocation petition as there was no justifiable reasons for such request.
"Osun is not only peaceful but the few cases of insecurity were mostly engineered by the state government in its despairing agenda to scuttle peoples’ will.
"We are therefore elated that the judicial leadership saw through the plot and adopted the position of security agencies that Osun is secured enough to host the sitting of the Tribunal.
"We must hasten to add that our objection to the relocation request was premised on the critical need to protect the integrity and safety of BVAS machines and other materials used during the elections.
"As the machines are likely to be central to the determination of the petition, keeping them safe here in Osun rather than exposing them to tampering and hacking on transit, is our official position," the statement added.