By John Izabi
My Opinion on the recent Supreme Court verdict involving Gov Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress [APC] and his rival, Senator Ademola Adeleke of the People’s Democratic Party [PDP] regarding the last year’s much controversial Osun State Gubernatorial Election is very simple, straightforward and apt… Everyone understands the game…!!
A similar trend was recorded and observed during almost the 16-Year old rule of PDP while the likes of AD which later turned ADC and The APC, merging forces with CPC, factional APGA, etc, where all operating as the main opposition groups to the then ruling PDP.
The OSUN Guber Apex Court judgment was expected to me though,,, it didn’t occur to me as a surprise at all…especially regarding an election that was generally condemned by all and described a typical example of DAYLIGHT ROBBERY…both by the international observers and even international organizations such as EU and other civil society groups.
In like manner, same should also be expected of other coming judgements across the nation… Kano…Ogun…Kaduna…etc…. And even Atiku’s Petition regarding the presidential poll results and the issue of INEC sever or not.
We all know how it’s so pretty difficult to win court judgments against a sitting government, both at the state and Federal level.It’s all sheer-waste of time and resources!!This thus raises the usual question many would love to ask at this very critical point in time…
**IS THE JUDICIARY TRULY INDEPENDENT AND IMPARTIAL as it’d always Parade itself to be?
**IS IT STILL TRULY THE LAST ARBITER and HOPE OF THE HOPELESS MASSES, as always tauted?
**IS OUR DEMOCRACY REALLY IN DANGER, especially as the present opposition would always want to describe the situation?
**Or is the PDP being PAID BACK IN SAME COIN as they probably did to the then Opposition parties while in power?
These are certainly more ‘Kokostic’ questions begging for quick ‘kokolistic’ answers…
But who’d supply such crucial and time – tested responses to be accompanied by swift actions? Again, that’s another big question!! May be rhetorical as it may appear too.
Meanwhile, a quick review of the current imbroglio regarding what had transpired in the said Osun Guber elections showed that Senator Adeleke of PDP at the count of the election results obviously led by over five hundred votes with several other cancelled votes (though the PDP candidate claimed he won by over 1,500 votes margin) but INEC returning officer for the polls rather than declare Adeleke winner chose to declare the polls inconclusive citing mass irregularities in some polling units and wards where votes were canceled, consequently ordering a Supplementary Election in which APC’s candidate, the Incumbent governor Oyetola was announced to have won and later declared winner after so much intrigues.
Consequently, this announcement by INEC was greeted by widespread condemnations, especially as most of the international observations alleged gross irregularities and voters intimidation, mostly involving the stronghold wards and polling units of the opposition party’s candidate.
Many political analysts also described the incident as a daylight robbery and an affront to democracy.
Senator Adeleke who felt his mandate was stolen resolved to head to the election Tribunal where he indeed won and was declared winner but as expected, the tribunal’s verdict was overturned by the appeal court as challenged by Governor Oyetola before the matter later got to the Supreme Court, culminating to the latest controversial judgment.
In summary, with all the foregoing, it can be gathered that indeed, Nigeria’s nascent democracy sure needs to grow in some many areas and the nation’s Judiciary’s supposed independence, need revamp and robust overhauling to be strengthened so as to function and dispense justice without any fear or favour.
IT IS WELL WITH NIGERIA!!
PRAY FOR NIGERIA!!