Amidst the recent attacks on its members, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State is urging the election tribunal to continue its proceedings in the state. The party is explicitly requesting that the hearings be televised live.
Following the disturbing incident where PDP members, including gubernatorial aspirant Segun Showunmi, were assaulted by alleged thugs from the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Isabo Magistrates Court in Abeokuta, there have been calls for the tribunal to be relocated to Abuja for the safety of opposition party members.
However, during a press conference held on Tuesday, Sikirulahi Ogundele, the Chairman of PDP in Ogun State, expressed the party’s desire for the petition to be openly heard and resolved within the state. Ogundele also emphasized the importance of live TV coverage to provide transparency and showcase the truth of what transpired during the election to the people of Ogun State.
“As much as I want to align with Chief Segun Showunmi, moving the tribunal to Abuja is not really going to solve the situation. Truth must be told; let’s caution the persons perpetrating this act. Let’s talk senses to their heads. This should be the last time that criminal acts will take place. I believe the police and other security agencies will take up their responsibilities.
“Because if you take it to Abuja, it’s like you are ‘disenfranchising’ the people of Ogun to be part of the proceedings. It’s like you are hiding something.
“If it will be allowed, we want the proceedings to be aired live. I want it to be televised live. It will be very good. People will sit in their homes and see what happened during the election and what the outcome will be. But, they may not allow it because they disallowed it at the presidential election tribunal.
“The good of it is to have the tribunal here in the open to the people of Ogun State,” Ogundele said.