ACTION Congress (AC) councillorship candidate in ward 12, Odo-Otin Local Government area of Osun State, Adeyemi Adelani (Alayo) has called on the President, Court of Appeal, Justice Umar Abdulahi to hurriedly constitute another Election Petitions Tribunal to try the petition of the AC governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola against the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the state.
Speaking with journalists in Osogbo on Wednesday, Adelani said that the quick constitution of the tribunal and retrieval of Aregbesola’s stolen mandate would vindicate the people of the state, who cast their votes for Aregbesola.
While lauding the judgment by the Court of Appeal, that sat in Ibadan, led by Justice Victor Omage, which ordered the re-trial of the matter, the AC candidate said that the decision of the appellate court had justified the claims that the governorship poll in the state was marred with irregularities.
“Oyinlola and his team of robbers, who stole the votes we cast for the symbol of hope, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola during the April 14, 2007 election should be ashamed of themselves.”
“It is on record that the Justice Thomas Naron-led tribunal, Oyinlola and his counsel, Kunle Kalejaiye connived to pervert justice during the trial of the petition.”
“This is justified when the Court of Appeal set-aside the decision of the trial tribunal, that it was partial in holding that the security report, report of forensic inspection and other documents in relation to the election, were not admissible.”
“But now, Oyinlola ought to have stepped-aside immediately after the judgment, rather than boasting that the status quo should remain. His decision to have stayed in office has shown that he is shameless”, Adelani said.
On the decision of the appellate court over the controversial Local Government Council elections, the AC candidate said the council bosses and councilors are currently occupying illegal positions.
He berated the council bosses and councilors for daring the court’s order, which ordered them out of office.
The AC candidate then warned the council bosses and councilors against carrying out any illegal duty after they had been ousted by the court, threatening to join hands with well-meaning Nigerians in ensuring that all illegalities are rejected.
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED