Rauf Aregbesola Flays Ekiti Tribunal’s Verdict

THE Action Congress (AC) gubernatorial candidate of Osun State Engineer Rauf Aregbesola has condemned the recent judgment of the Ekiti State gubernatorial election petitions tribunal under the chairmanship of Justice Bukar Bwala, which upheld the election of Mr Segun Oni of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of the state regarding it as…”
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September 1, 2008 8:25 am

THE Action Congress (AC) gubernatorial candidate of Osun State Engineer Rauf Aregbesola has condemned the recent judgment of the Ekiti State gubernatorial election petitions tribunal under the chairmanship of Justice Bukar Bwala, which upheld the election of Mr Segun Oni of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of the state regarding it as being intellectually deficient.

The Action Congress flag-bearer stated this in a press statement made available to OSUN DEFENDER, that “the judgment is dubious, unacceptable and therefore it is rejected by the general public, who had keenly followed the trial.”

According to him, a closer look at the tribunal judgment while throwing out the petition filed by the AC candidate in the state, Mr Kayode Fayemi revealed outright miscarriage of justice.

The Osun State AC gubernatorial candidate also questioned the decision to disregard the clear and unambiguous computer analysis of Tunde Yadeka, the software expert, who clearly revealed the irregular use of ballots, away from the allocated polling stations.

He further added that even to those who are unfamiliar with the trends of the proceedings before the Ekiti tribunal, that the judgment could appear straight forward and untainted with injustice but for plain and truthful analyst, it is absolute injustice.

Aregbesola therefore urged the party supporters both in Osun and Ekiti states to remain calm saying, “we have witnessed the conclusion of a part of a process and we are committed to the final conclusion of this process”.

He also added that the people should still look up to the Nigerian judiciary, saying it has the capacity to salvage its credible image, dented through the chicanery of Osun and Ekiti states election petitions tribunals.

UAD REACTS…

Also reacting to the judgment, Comrade Abiodun Aremu of the United Action for Democracy (UAD) stated that the judiciary has failed their expectations to redress all the stolen mandates of the April 14, 21 and 29 2007 electoral heist across the country.

According to him the UAD had its fear of spate of perverted justice and bad judgments by the PDP incumbency- induced election petition tribunals across the country, which have been confirmed once again by the judgment, which returned Mr Segun Oni of Ekiti State as duly elected.

He also added that the refusal of the tribunal at the ruling stage to admit the evidence of the forensic expert-Adrian Forty and its flimsy excuses that the petitioner, Dr Fayemi and his Action Congress (AC) did not plead certain punishment for agreed electoral law violations show that the judgment is biased.

He also condemned the delay in the judgment of Appeal Court in confirming Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s resounding victory in Edo State gubernatorial election which has been delayed for up to five months now.

By DAPO AJISEGIRI

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