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JUSUN Stalls tribunal judgement in Ogun

A judgement of the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, was stalled on Wednesday after judicial workers shut the gates of…

A judgement of the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, was stalled on Wednesday after judicial workers shut the gates of the courts in the state capital.

Leaders of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) locked the gate of the Magistrates’ Court at Isabo, Abeokuta – the venue of the tribunal’s sitting – in compliance with the ongoing two-day warning strike called by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

Daily Trust reports that the tribunal had fixed Wednesday for the judgement in a petition filed against the Senator representing Ogun West, Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, aka Yayi.

The petition marked EPT/OG/Sen/2023 was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Dada Ganiyu Adeleke.

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The State Chairman of JUSUN, Olanrewaju Ajiboye, told Daily Trust that judicial workers locked the gate in compliance with the national body’s directive on the two-day warning strike.

“The tribunal is expected to sit today, but they (judges) are unable to sit because we have locked the gate of the court in compliance with the directive of the NLC national body. This is why the tribunal cannot sit today (Wednesday),” he said.

When asked if he was aware that the election tribunal’s proceeding was time-bound, Ajiboye responded, “We can’t throw the gate open and allow the tribunal to sit. That will mean we intentionally sabotage the struggle of the workers most especially the judicial workers. 

“The tribunal has the right to sit anywhere, but this is our own premises, we can always close it as directed by the national body of the union.”

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