OPPOSITION political parties in Osun State have said that the re-trial of the governorship petition of the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola against the election of the embattled governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola would expose more of the atrocities committed by people “who turned themselves into willing tools to manipulate Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola back into office.”
The political parties under the aegis of Alliance of Collaborating Political Parties (ACPP) in a statement signed by its Secretary, Comrade Rufus Oyatoro and made available to OSUN DEFENDER in Osogbo on Tuesday stated that the Court of Appeal’s order for the retrial had justified the claim that the trial of the petition at the lower tribunal was compromised.
The ACPP, in the statement, was reacting to a statement credited to the leaders of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), which was reportedly meant to confuse the appellate court into disregarding the pursuit of Aregbesola’s petition.
According to ACPP: “While we are consoled that the Court of Appeal has ordered a re-trial of the petition that was criminally thrown-out by a clonning tribunal in July last year, we call on all lovers of justice, democracy and good governance to be wary of any statement issued by the so-called CNPP chieftains.
“They are too well-known for their unstable and unreliable credentials that are packed full with anti-people and anti-democratic characters, actions and posturing on virtually all issues.”
“In Osun State, the CNPP is today a nebulous group with the sole aim of acting against the democratic will of the people of the state.”
While commending the leadership of the CNPP at the national level under the leadership of Alhaji Balarabe Musa for standing by the truth and fighting doggedly against electoral and other forms of corruption in the polity, the ACPP berated Osun State chapter of the CNPP for dubious and questionable actions.
The opposition political parties then challenged the CNPP to challenge its claims that it had sold its soul to corrupt environment and perversion of the conference.
“It was for this and other reasons that we pulled out of the circus of shame in 2007, having realised that their ambition was targeted at how they could garner for themselves the spoils of the democratic war, to the exclusion of the electorate.”
“They proved by words and actions that the interest of the masses, that we stand to defend, was none of their business, while the largesse of officialdom became their primary concern,” ACPP said.
The Alliance then threatened to ensure that the electoral heist “perpetrated by the CNPP goons and their sponsors in Osun State is decisively and lawfully redressed,” as it called for the quick constitution of petitions tribunsal for the quick enthronement of justice.