By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
As the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and people of Osun State are still jubilating over the Appeal Court judment made yesterday (Thursday) in Abuja on the State’s governorship election which was held last year, a Lagos Lawmaker, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, has described the judgment as ‘Victory for the Masses’, saying that with the judgment, the people of the state would continue to enjoy the good governance embarked upon by Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
Olowo who said this in a phone interview with WESTERNPOST, today (Friday) stressed that it would be out of place for the Appeal Court to rule in favour of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) governorship candidate, Sen. Ademola Adeleke, because it was obvious that the people voted overwhelmingly for the APC in the governorship election.
“Obviously, Justice has been served. Sen. Adeleke initially did not win the election. You will recall that the election was declared inconclusive and our party, APC, made an overture to Sen. Omisore for support and who supported us and we won. It is obvious fact that Adeleke has no electoral strength to win election in Osun because the people voted enmasse for Oyetola”, said Olowo.
He added that there is no way somebody that is enmeshed in certificate scandal can be allowed to govern a state like Osun where alot of well educated and enlightened people are, saying further that the people of the state would not only enjoy Oyetola as a person but also enjoy his pro-masses policies and programmes.
“I join the people of Osun to celebrate the Court of Appeal judgment. I am happy for Governor Oyetola. He is a pro-masses Governor, people of Osun will enjoy him and his government.
“Oyetola is a man of the people and he is ready to serve the people with his progressive ideas. His policies and programmes are pro-masses”, said Olowo.
While commenting on PDP challenging the judgment at the Supreme Court, Olowo, who is representing Somolu Constituency 1, in the Lagos State House of Assembly, stated that although Adeleke has the right to seek redress at the Apex Court but that Oyetola would still win because the people of the state sincerely voted for him.
“Sen. Adeleke can go to Supreme Court but I am certain that Oyetola would still win because the people of the state sincerely voted for him during the election. Adeleke has money that he can spend, his money cannot buy judgement. He will only waste his money”, said Olowo.
It will be recalled that on Thursday, the Court of Appeal nullified the judgment of the tribunal delivered by Peter Obiorah on the grounds that Mr Obiorah relied on the evidence of two witnesses which he did not observe.
The five-member panel of the Appeal Court, led by Jummai Sankey, nullified the decision of the tribunal which sacked Mr Oyetola as Governor and set aside the entire proceedings of the tribunal.
The three other judges in agreement with the lead judgment read by Mrs Sankey are Abubakar Yahaya, Isaiah Akeju, and Bitrus Sanga.
Mrs Sankey noted that the Court of Appeal ordinarily having set aside the entire proceedings of the tribunal ought to order a retrial of the case.
In a 4-1 split decision, the court nullified the judgment of the election petition tribunal that declared Mr Adeleke winner of the 2018 governorship poll.