There was a heavy security on Monday in Ado Ekiti High Court, where the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal is sitting, as the 3-man panel of Tribunal judges set up to hear the petition trailing the outcome of the July 14 election began sitting.
Members of the panel are: Justice Suleiman Belgore(Chairman), Justice Ebiyerin Omukoro and Aliyu Baba Usman.
The Ekiti State Police command deployed an Armoured Personnel Carrier
(APC) and several police vans which are strategically positioned in front of the court to ward off hooligans and troublemakers.
Those entering the premises, including journalists and judicial officers, were thoroughly frisked before being allowed entry.
The armoured tank, patrol vans and the personnel were strategically stationed while performing their duty.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Suleiman Belgore, in his inaugural speech, promised that they would act truly as unbiased umpire and won’t betray the confidence reposed in them by the Appeal Court President, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwal.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof Kolapo Olusola, is challenging the declaration of Dr Kayode Fayemi as the duly elected Governor, describing the election as a sham, having been allegedly rigged in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Fayemi polled a total of 197,459 to defeat Olusola , who garnered an aggregate of 178, 122 votes.