It was a wild jubilation in Edo State on Tuesday as the Appeal Court-led by Justice Umar Abdullahi that sat
in Benin, the State Capital, unanimously declared Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomole the winner of the last year’s controversial governorship election in the state.
I would be recalled that the lower tribunal that earlier sat on the petition filed by the state Action congress (AC) torch bearer, Oshiomhole against the purported victory of the erstwhile Governor Oserheimen Osunbor; had awarded the former fire-brand labour leader a victory.
When the court threw out the grounds of appeal filed by Osunbor and upheld the judgment of the lower tribunal, the whole of the Benin city was thrown into a bundle of joy, as market women, students, artisans, civil servants and politicians trooped into the streets to rejoice with the victorious Oshiomole.
In a court room filled to its brim, the judgment was read at the instance of Oshiomhole the AC Chieftains, President, Nigeria labour Congress (NLC), comrade Waheed Abdullahi and some Chieftains of the defeated Peoples Democratic party (PDP).
While the lawyers to Oshiomole were beaming with smile and subtle jubilations, Osunbor’s camp wore a mournful look all through.
Speaking to the journalists at the court premises on his victory, Oshiomole disclosed that it was a victory for the people of Edo state, saying that it was the first time an average Edo man or woman would lay claim to his or her mandate directly.
“Edo state is bigger than all political Parties, bigger than all politicians and all individual interests and that is the way we are going to do it. We shall strive to serve the state, all and sundry irrespective of the party divide,” said the new governor.
However, an unconfirmed information has it that the rattled ex-governor was hibernating at the Ota farm house of the ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, while the judgment was being read by the Appeal court judges.
In a related development, there was an unbelievable jubilation in Osun State as Osogbo, Osun State Capital, Ilesa, Ede, Iwo and Ife were rocked with wild jubilation in celebration of Oshiomole’s feat.
It was a different scenario in Osogbo, as people were dancing in front of their houses, offices and market places, when the news of the Oshiomole victory got to them.
Speaking with OSUN DEFENDER on the development, the state chairman of National conscience Party (NCP), Comrade Waheed Lawal said that the power of the people has eventually prevailed in Edo state with the victory of Oshiomole.
“The people of Edo State have spoken and Oshiomole has made their voice heard. For the first time in history, people’s power prevailed and we hope for more Lawal said.
Beside, the staff Chairman, Alliance of Collaborating Political Parties, (ACPP), Alhaji Sule Alao has applauded the verdict of the court; saying that the victory was well deriving; reiterating that the wind of change that started in United State of America with President elect. Barack Obama has blown in Edo State; which according to him, would soon blow across the other states in the South West.
“I know that the wind of change that started with Obama is currently blowing in Edo State and it would soon blow in Osun and other states in Nigeria. I salute the uncommon courage of our new Governor Oshiomole, for at least liberating the masses of Edo state,” Alao submitted.
Also, the convener, United Action for Democracy (UAD) Comrade Abiodun Aremu, via a telephone conversation has applauded the victory of Oshiomole, saying that eh steadfastness of the labour leader has paid off, reiterating that the peoples mandate has triumphed.
“Oshiomole has proved his metle and the judiciary has once again lives up to the expectation, and I am delighted that peoples’ voice is clearly heard in Edo State”, Aremu said.
In the same vein, the national coordinator, Peoples Welfare League (PWL), Comrade Abiodun Aremu has charged the people of Osun State to keep hope alive; arguing that the president of the Appeal court, who presided over Edo State case has further reinstated the lost hope in judiciary, by making it known that the days of technical justice was no more.
“Justice Abdullahi, has made it clear to us now that the era of technical justice is long gone for substantial justice and that the hope of common man is reinstated with Oshiomole’s victory. Though, it is belated, it is also deserving”, said Agboola.
Meanwhile, a political pundit in Osun State has hinted OSUN DEFENDER on the condition of some chieftains of PDP, saying that fear has started gripping the camp of the embattled Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who is also has a bone to pick with the state Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate Engineer Rauf Aregbesola at the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital over an electoral dispute of the last year’s governorship polls in the state.