Tinubu’s trial is political harassment – Aregbesola

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has described the arraignment of National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu before the Code of Conduct Tribunal as political harassment capable of threatening democracy in Nigeria.

Addressing journalists at the end of the sitting of the Tribunal in Abuja on Wednesday, Governor Aregbesola frowned at the action of security agents who violated the constitutional rights of supporters who tried to come into Abuja and the court to express solidarity with Tinubu.

He canvassed a more tolerant politicking by the nation’s political actors in order to engender rather than endangering politics, national unity and democratic governance.

The Osun State helmsman defended Tinubu as an innocent and law abiding man whose opponents find very difficult to handle in their search for political power warning that those who orchestrated the trial merely wanted to score political points with it.

The most pressing concern of the nation at this time had to do with serious issues like security which has affected all parts of Nigeria.

He expressed the confidence that the former Lagos State governor would emerge victorious from the present trial as he vouched for his innocence and uprightness both in and out of public office.

Aregbesola who was in court with the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and other chieftains of the ACN decried the act of security agents that prevented many people from traveling into the nation’s capital and coming into the court premises to show solidarity for Tinubu.

He also described as unconstitutional; the prevention by security agents of many supporters of Tinubu who had come from several states to show solidarity and support for the former governor.

Aregbesola maintained that the law allowed supporters to show concern and solidarity for the ACN National Leader while expressing displeasure at the way they were prevented from doing so.

“Once the security agents were sure that the people were not carrying offensive weapons and do not raise any suspicion about their appearance, they should not have restricted their movements. They should have allowed them to come in. You don’t restrict their movement”, the Governor insisted.

According to him, what the law enforcement agents did was unacceptable saying “it is not reasonable. It is undemocratic. The period we are in now call for and guarantees freedom for all citizens. Nobody has the right to restrict the movement of others. It is a violation of the rights of Nigerians guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution”.

15 thoughts on “Tinubu’s trial is political harassment – Aregbesola”

  1. I do not know why politicians would not learn from the pitfalls and misbehavious of the previous counterparts. We all condemned show of shame dislayed by the Peoples Destruction Party (PDP) when Bode George was being tried. Why should ACN follow that path of sponsoring “supporters” from Lagos to Abuja?
    We al know that Asiwaju is being persecuted for his fortrightness and courage to stand up against oppression. The spirit of the masses he has been defending will see him through.
    Please, please and please, supporters should not behave like PDP. Let the lawyers and the judges do their job. I am convinced that PDP is making a deserved Hero out of Asiwaju after He might have been vindicated.

  2. Lets wait and see what will happen in oct 26, any opponent in Nigeria should be ready to comfront many problem, especially people like Tinubu. And they must not do like that of PDP cause riot at the court, every supporters should behave normal and allow lawyers and justice do their job.

  3. May be God in his infinite wisdom will use Asiwaju Tinubu’s trial to put in place what triggered change in Egypt and Libya, may be it is time for this cabal of jackals to self distruct.
    May be this will be the beginning of their end and the rise of peoples rule .

  4. Otumba Akin
    September 22, 2011 – 9:33 pm

    May be God in his infinite wisdom will use Asiwaju Tinubu’s trial to put in place what triggered change in Egypt and Libya, may be it is time for this cabal of jackals to self destruct.
    May be this will be the beginning of their end and the rise of peoples rule .

  5. This is really a political harassment, but let wait and see what will happen on oct 26. All i know is that TINUBU ( THE JABABAN) Okunrin meta is ready to defend himself . so supporters be warn

  6. tinu has 16 foreign bank accounts with all the particulars published in the dailies.yet people are shoutong hosana behind such a person.NIGERIA IS DOOMED,HEADING FOR TOTAL DESTRUCTION

  7. *laughing* i think there must be something metaphysical in the kind of support given by these our so called progressive leaders. is it because they opposed the unliked ruling party or because they are really trustworthy and have our interest at heart, i think the former is the case, but lets reason. if tinubu is being persecuted, has he not persecuted others before? is he a saint? does he not side cut other yorubas because they are in different parties? is he an altruist even to the smallest degree or does his money flow due to necessity as he cant keep the multibillions to himself. these are real questions we should ask.
    if tinubu is not aquited, i think he is responsible for giving the ruling party enough ropes to hang him with.
    abi, how can a single person have 16 active accounts abroad, dangote cant even boast of such, yet we know dangotes source of income. how can a single person have lots of company strategically positioned to drain the resources of a single state. how can someone be so ambitious to take over a whole region? the other parties in the southwest, do they present hausa or igbo candidates? are they not yorubas? if they are corrupt, are they different from the ones we see now?
    the fact is this man’s power is growing too big for his own good. and like said in a song ” no one man should have all these power” its like the ring with mr frodo in the lord of the rings, it will always attract strong affliction and that is what tinubu is witnessing. for example i dont think he understands the rule of power: PDP, CPC, LP and other parties power belongs to certain region or a large group of individuals, this makes it easy to stay in power or live long, but ACNs power is mainly in tinubu. the disadvantages of a sole proprietorship business applies to it.

  8. i wounder why jonathan and security operatives are jittery on the entrance of ASIWAJU supporters to the federal capital. Be informed that tough time never last but tough people do

  9. What makes sense in a normal situation does not make sense in an abnormal circumstance. Is there a word to describe the situation in Nigeria today? The dancing of an anti and the romance of a cricket can give the public an entertainment, but the main message from the “unsual” remains with wise people. May Nigeria know and move on the right path!

  10. Ogbeni don’t look at this case as politcal harrastment let, legal practisional,and judges discharged their duties and if Asiwaju is guilt let him face the rot of d law and if not guilty lives continues. Simple!

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