The Oasis Reporters
December 19, 2019
In reaffirming the verdict of the lower Gubernatorial Elections Petitions Tribunal in Oyo State and the minority judgment of the Court of Appeal as it concerns Oyo State, South West Nigeria, the Supreme Court simply avoided an over boil of rage because teeth had been set on edge, anger was put in check and emotions reined in because they knew which way their votes went.
The people of Oyo State had voted massively for Seyi Makinde, the man they wanted as governor. Then the legal battles began as the losers sought for a technical way out to take the trophy in a battle that they had clearly lost. As anger welled up in Ibadan citizens, civil servants who were getting regular salaries now went to pray, in Churches and in mosques, everyone prayed. And they hoped, some demonstrated their loyalty with solidarity marches, pledging support.
The Supreme Court that used technicalities to swing victory to the APC in Osun State gubernatorial election and gave victory to the clear losers that people knew used extra electoral forces by deploying utmost thuggery, military intimidation, cancelation and manipulation of electoral votes, alterations of figures to win via the most vilest of methods as was reported by international and local observers including the press, were suddenly declared winners. This became possible, because it was noted that one of three judges at the lower tribunal, was absent from court for just one session. And then, he coincidentally read the lead judgment, The Supreme Court saw an alibi and gave judgment to the APC.
Oyo State citizens have watched the state of governance in neighboring Osun State today and did not want the same style that the State reeled under in eight years and were once again going to endure for another four more years.
Meanwhile, Makinde in just six months has made Ibadan more beautiful than Aberdeen, salaries were coming right on time. Filth was being cleared off the roads, led by the governor himself. Transparency was being demonstrated by the administration.
Certainly, the people did not want to go back to the dark days with school rankings and morale dropping rapidly due to rot and a threat to even sell the legacy schools and where salaries were owed for months on end.
The Supreme Court must have sensed the mood, then reaffirmed the victory of Engineer Seyi Makinde as the Oyo State Governor.
They unanimously agreed that Adebayo Adelabu, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who had filed a case against the victory of Seyi Makinde, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as winner of the March 9, 2019 election in Oyo State, actually lost.
Adelabu had approached the court to challenge the Court of Appeal ruling. The appellate court, had after evaluating the evidences brought by Oyo APC and its candidate brought before the tribunal, and rejected it. It then ruled that the status quo should be maintained. That was after the tribunal had affirmed the election of Makinde.
Ibadan is jubilating that the good times would continue. The Supreme Court had done the right thing by siding with the wishes of the people and the facts on ground.