By Tunde Oyekola in Osogbo
Ahead of Friday’s judgement of the Election Petitions’ Tribunal on the petition filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore, against the victory of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in the August 9,2014 governorship election, a combined team of mobile and regular policemen were on patrol of Osogbo,the state capital, on Thursday to maintain peace and order.
Also sighted milling round the town were plain-clothed security men and officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps who occupied different Hilux vehicles blowing sirens with their head lamps on.
The sirens of the vehicles were being blown aloud as they moved across the length and breadth of the town apparently to warn trouble makers and political thugs who might want to disrupt the sitting of the tribunal.
The police said it have enough men on ground to curtail any untoward happenings in and outside the premises of the court premises where the Tribunal would sit.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs. Folashade Odoro, said the police were battle ready for miscreants who might plan to forment trouble, adding that “we have enough men on ground to cope with the situation in every nook and cranny of the state”.
She said the police would be fully on ground at the entrance and premises of the court to see that normalcy reigns before, during and after the delivery of the judgement while those who have no business with the exercise are disallowed from gaining entrance into the venue.
Odoro said policemen would be stationed at every nook and cranny of the state to prevent trouble makers from perpetrating untowards acts.
It was further gathered that whosoever that would be entering into the court room would be frisked to discourage untoward and inhuman behaviour inside and outside of the proceeding venue.
Also speaking on the development, the Public Relations Officer of the Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Babawale Afolabi , told newsmen in Osogbo that his men would be on ground as early as possible today to see that peace is maintained throughout the exercise.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Aregbesola the winner of the election held last August 9.
But dissatified with the outcome, Omisore and PDP had proceeded to the tribunal to challenge the result.
The tribunal verdict is coming against the backdrop of intense intrigue and politics.
After the tribunal adjourned indefinitely to prepare its judgement, the camp of Omisore had gone to town celebrating, claiming it had won at the tribunal.