Justice Delayed?

CONSIDERING the fact that we live in a society that operates under the mantra of ‘half bread is better than none’, where the citizens are meant to be ‘thankful’ to our public officers for any good gesture directed towards us, we reluctantly join millions of Nigerians at home and abroad in saluting the courage of the Appeal Court judges sitting in Ibadan over their verdict in matter between Oyinlola and the AC candidate at the last general election , Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, the undisputed winner of the election.

If nothing else, their Lordships’ verdict vindicated Aregbesola and his party AC that they indeed had a valid and incontrovertible case against the vote robbers in Osun, contrary to their assertion that AC members are a bunch of noise-makers.

We note with admiration the indictment of the ‘Justice’ Naron Election Tribunal in Osun State, whose decision was described as ‘Highly Tainted’ by their Lordship.

We are however worried about the potential abuse of process inherent in the decision of the Court of Appeal . It is a known fact that this shameless PDP government will do everything possible to maintain the ‘status quo’ at all cost, so that the incumbent continues to maximise his illegal hold on power for as long as possible, even in the knowledge that he was not the elected governor voted into office by the people at the last election.

Whichever way it goes, both parties are still coming back to the same appeal court, while the incumbent continues to parade himself as the governor of the state, almost to a completion of a second term of eight years, at the expense of the good people of Osun State, who have been waiting patiently since April 2007 for their governor to be sworn in.

Every thing should be done by the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the President of the Court of Appeal in ensuring that this matter is disposed-off expeditiously and judiciously, at least for the sake of our much publicised ‘rebranding’

We appeal to our Tested General to rise above pettiness and provocative politicking in this matter not to set the state ablaze with his utterances. We need not remind the battle tested General that the whole world is watching and Nigeria belong to all of us, that this shameful image is affecting everybody both at home and abroad, politicians and non-politicians even though nothing ‘ruffles or embarrasses a General ’

Osun is not at war and the people are merely asking that they be treated like free born and not slaves, that their votes freely given should count and their elected Governor, Engineer Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola is allowed to take office. In normal climes, Generals are revered and respected as officers and gentlemen, they mostly end up being statesmen not impostors.

•OLUMUYIWA OLAREWAJU on behalf of AC South-West (UK)