Today’s verdict of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin that ordered a re-run of the Governorship poll in ten Local Governments of Ekiti State has again demonstrated the courage of the Nigerian Judiciary to deter vote robbery and hijacking of the democratic wish of the electorate.
The verdict, though fell below the expectation of the public which opinion showed that Fayemi won the poll fair and clear, has again exposed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) led by the discredited Professor Maurice Iwu as unreliable for the achievement of the democratic wish of Nigerians.
We have always insisted that the 2007 Poll will be the last time that the democratic choice of the electorate will be shamelessly thwarted and mortgaged by INEC that connives with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to ensure that the votes of the voters do not count.
We salute the valiant people of Ekiti State for successfully throwing off the odious yoke of being ruled by the illegitimate Governor and his dog handlers.
As it has happened in Edo and Ekiti, the people of Osun State are expecting the wheel of justice to remove all toxic votes used to impose an illegitimate regime on them.
Among others, we have discovered that alien ballot papers that were not listed on the schedule of distribution of electoral materials were used by INEC to reverse the democratic choice of the people on April 14, 2007.
As if this was not enough, agents of the opposition Action Congress (AC) were gunned down like guinea pigs in Ikirun, Ile-Ife, Igbajo and other towns where the PDP was returned as winner.
This verdict has again boosted our confidence that the Nigerian Judiciary will no longer allow vote robbers to occupy the corridors of power.
Our courts have again moved ahead in making a bold and courageous statement that democracy in its purest and transparent state remains the only choice for freedom loving people.
The vedict in Ekiti State is a clear ‘red card’ for vote robbers who have taken a strong cue from ex-President, General Olusegun Obasanjo and his do-or-die politics.
We assure the people of Osun State that justice is coming on the way to flush out the fugitives of the law and enthrone righteousness at Oke-Fia Government House in the fullness of the time of God.
Gbenga Fayemiwo Media Director to Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, Action Congress Gubernatorial Candidate for Osun State in the April 14 2007 elections