Tension is mounting as the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, delivers judgment today on 12 petitions pending before it.
The tribunal had reserved judgment on the 12 petitions since August 3 when all counsels adopted their written addresses.
One of the cases to be determined is that of the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the red chamber, Buruji Kashamu, whose election is being challenged by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dapo Abiodun.
APC is also challenging the result of the House of Representatives election of Ijebu-North/Ijebu-East/Ogun Waterside which returned Adesegun Adekoya of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against Biyi Ismail of the APC.
Results of ten seats in the Ogun State House of Assembly are also under contention before the three-man tribunal panel headed by Justice Ebiowei Tobi.
Meanwhile, the tribunal has warned members of the public not accredited for the proceeding to stay away from the court premises.
Speaking with our correspondent yesterday, Secretary to the Tribunal, Regina Kuhe, said the decision to restrict movement within the court premises was to prevent break down of law and order.
Kuhe explained that the tribunal had prepared accreditation tags for journalists, direct litigants, counsel and direct participants who will be allowed into the premises.
She appealed to the general public to cooperate with security operatives for effective crowd regulation in the area, adding that the tribunal will not allow a recurrence of the last incident when thugs invaded the court premises with canes.
“The decision is for security reasons and because of the last incident, we need to effectively control the crowd and as such we have given accreditation tags to direct litigants, direct participants, court officials, journalists and counsels.
“The general public is advised to cooperate with security operatives for effective crowd control. It is a public place but there is a limit to movement when the judgments are read.’’
It was gathered that the judgments would be in three segments which would likely spread till tomorrow.
All efforts to reach the State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, was unsuccessful as calls put across to his mobile phone were neither answered nor replied.

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