Loyalists of the governor of the Ogun state, Dapo Abiodun and the governorship candidate of the Allied People’s Movement, Adekunle Akinlade came to blows at the premises of the Ogun State Election Petition Tribunal, Isabo, Abeokuta, on Wednesday, leaving several persons injured.
Akinlade is challenging the result of the state’s governorship election held on March 9, 2019 at the tribunal.
But after the tribunal went on recess, sympathizers of both paries becan to hurl insults at each other, while hoodlums charged at Akinlade with sachets of water and stones.
However, he luckily left the court premises unhurt in his vehicle.
When the tribunal reconvened after the recess, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Yusuf Halilu read the riot act to the protesters, warning that he would not tolerate any act of violence from supporters of any political party.
Counsel for Akinlade, Isiaka Olagunju, informed the tribunal that the lives of Akinlade, his counsel and his supporters were no longer safe following the attack on him allegedly by supporters of the APC.
The Halilu-led tribunal frowned at the development, while recalling that it was the second of its kind since the tribunal commenced sitting.
He said the tribunal would be compelled to ask the state Commissioner of Police to appear before it so as to give him instructions to beef up security around the court premises.
“It is very sad that we are experiencing this kind of situation again. This will be the second time. We will be compelled to invite the Commissioner of Police and we will give instructions to supporters of all political parties to stay clear of this tribunal.
“We have been enjoying tremendous peace since the commencement of this tribunal. We will not sit here and allow anything happen to any of us. We have to put all hands on deck to ensure we do not have a repeat of this.
“I have seen the first petitioner (Akinlade) times without number, cautioning his supporters whenever they try to make noise in the courtroom.
“Political leaders should talk to their supporters to give peace a chance. Politicians are all one. Support your candidate, don’t embarrass your candidate. There is no law that supports you throwing stones at anybody.
“Tell your supporters to leave this matter for us. That is why we are here. We are the ones you are looking up to; let us do our work, and we will do it without fear or favour,” Justice Halilu said.