OSUN APPEAL JUDGEMENT: SUBSTANCE WAS DUMPED FOR FRIVOLITIES – Odeyemi

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Diran Odeyemi, has described the Appeal Court Judgment which upturned the lower court’s judgment that declared Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke of PDP winner of Osun Guber polls in favour of the APC candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola as “repetition of old method of leaving the substance for the frivolities.”

Prince Odeyemi who made the statement in a release sent to news men said, “history has just repeated itself and vindicated PDP that our judiciary has been infiltrated by some elements loyal to the ruling party, notably at the Appeal Court level  whose president is the wife of an APC Senator-elect.”

According to him, “if you remember in 2010, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola forged a Police report to the Appeal Court and the Appeal Court, based on that report ordered a retrial of that case at the lower court and when the retrial was going on police denied ever releasing any report. After discovering a discrepancy on the major reason for the retrial rather than dismissing the case and announcing Olagunsoye Oyinlola as winner because the report that forced that retrial was found to be a  forgery, the Appeal Court completely abandoned the main issue and ingloriously declared Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the candidate of the ACN winner of that election on November 26th, 2010.”

A lot of heads rolled as aftermath of that ignoble decision and many erstwhile respected justices had their carriers and names messed up.

Prince Odeyemi, however, expressed hope that the final decisions on election petition tribunals have gone beyond the Appeal Court.”

He said his party, PDP and her candidate, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke will get justice at the Supreme Court where he said “members still remain reliably incorruptible, honest and have been found to always allowe the truth to excel.”

Odeyemi, however expressed fear the future of Nigeria in the hands of men with questionable characters and also warned that something serious must be done about the image of the judiciary, especially at the Appeal Court level because men of proven integrity are expected at such a level where the future of the nation and her people are decided.”

Prince Odeyemi said the party hierarchy has called an urgent meeting of all stakeholders in Osun State to calm down the people to be resolute, patient and go about their lawful businesses, avoid any act that can cause breach of law and order because PDP is a law abiding political party populated by decent, peaceful and peace loving people that believe in the rule of law to redress any wrong done to them.” 

He assured Osun State people that PDP will come out victorious at the Supreme Court and Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke of PDP will be declared winner and he will be sworn in as the duly elected governor of Osun State because the Supreme Court Judges will vet all the evidences before it and if that is done victory is guaranteed for PDP, ” he concluded

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