There is heightened security in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, in anticipation of the judgment to be delivered by the Osun gubernatorial election petition tribunal.
Recall that the All Progressives Congress and ex-Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, were challenging the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate at the July 16, 2022, governorship poll, Senator Ademola Adeleke, who was returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The tribunal secretariat had on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, announced that judgment on the petition will be delivered today, Friday, January 27, 2023.
Armed police operatives were observed at the Osun State secretariat of the PDP and that of the APC, as well as the state office of the APC presidential campaign in Osogbo.
The road leading to the premises of Osun State High Court, where the panel will deliver the judgement was blocked to traffic, thus students, staff and others with business along the route had to trek long distances to their destinations.
Security sources told our correspondent that the panel had directed that 25 people each from both parties would be allowed into the premises.
Lawyers and journalists were, however, allowed in after they have been identified.
As of the time of filing this report, Justice Tetsea Kume had led other two members of the panel into the courtroom to begin reading the judgement.