Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (a.k.a. Papa Deceive Pikin) in the South-West have concluded an arrangement on how to infiltrate the Election Petition Retrial Tribunal and compromise the course of justice ahead of the judgment of the panel.
The decision which was reached at a meeting held last week Saturday at the State House, Oke-Fia Osogbo, Osun State was that the South-West chapter of the party pledge Its support for former President Ibrahim Babangida’s candidacy in order for the retrial Army General to use his northern connection to infiltrate the tribunal.
OSUN DEFENDER investigation revealed that options were reached on the manner the former dictator was to tamper with the outcome of the tribunal.
According to a reliable source close to the party, the first option was to reach out to various personalities in the north who will, on behalf of the party, talk to the tribunal chairman and other members of the panel in the north with a view to influencing the judgment of the tribunal in its favour.
The PDP had been complaining within the party hierarchy of the difficulty it had been facing in reaching out to the members of the tribunal.
The medium gathered that sometime last year, when one of the panelists lost his father and the tribunal adjourned, some monarchs from the state were said to have tried to use the platform to reach out to the judge.
However, their journey ended in vain, as the judge was said to have told his associates not to allow the monarchs access to him.
Also, the medium learnt that other attempts by the party and its agents to compromise the panel throughout the period of the trial have been meeting a brick-wall, which led to the party harassing the driver of the tribunal in the state capital sometime ago.
These were however the reasons some chieftains believed the option mightnot be viable and forced the gathering to consider an alternative plan.
Findings revealed that the second option considered at the meeting is to force the tribunal chairman, Justice Ali Garba, to proceed on retirement another compromised judge to emerge as new chairman of the panel.
Furthermore, the party believed that when a new chairman emerges, it would be easier for it to influence who becomes the chairman as well as the judgment of the panel.
It was also agreed at the meeting that the candidacy of Babangida be given a full support against all odds, and even the schemes of acting President Goodluck Jonathan against some top officers of the party at the national level.
According to the source, the open rally meeting at the stadium in Osogbo was just a ploy to deceive the citizenry, saying the major concern of the party bigwigs was the problem of the retrial tribunal.
It was learnt that the state leadership of the party was not sure of any form of success at the tribunal, believing that what it succeeded in doing was buying more time for the PDP government in the state.
By shina abubakar