Following the reservation of the Appeal Court judgment on the outcome
of 2018 Osun Governorship Election after today’s sitting, a group of
Organizations on Wednesday have raised alarm against an attempt by the
ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) through its National leader,
Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to compromise the ruling of the Appeal
Tribunal, saying that Senator Tinubu was hell bent on the favourable
outcome of the Appeal panel because of the appellant, Mr. Gboyega
Oyetola, in the matter, who is Tinubu’s elder sister son.
The new ploy hinged on the public outcry which lead to the replacement
of an Osun State Born jurist and a close associate of Senator Bola
Ahmed Tinubu, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola and Chief Bisi Akande of the ruling
APC, Hon. Justice JOK Oyewole of Enugu Appeal Court Division by
assigning him (Justice Oyewole) to serve as interface between the
Appeal Court Panel and Bola Tinubu/APC camp.
They alleged that it has been informed by a source close to the Appeal
Court that Hon. Justice JOK Oyewole has been detailed to be relating
with the appellate court jurists after their grandstanding to include
him (Justice Oyewole) into the appeal panel failed, adding that it was
the reason why they could not make the names of the panel Judges
public before the sitting for public scrutiny.
While urging Nigerians and lovers of democracy all over the world to
rise up in defence of sanctity of judiciary as the last hope of common
man in the society, it strongly condemned the latest hanky-panky game
of Senator Bola Tinubu and his party, APC, promising that they would
not allow them to subvert the electoral will of the good people of
Osun State as being upheld by the majority judgment of lower Tribunal.
It further alleged that the ruling party (APC) had also assigned
Justice Oyewole to involve through the backdoor at the stage of
writing the majority and minority Judgment of the panel which would
coast victory to the appellant (Mr. Goyega Oyetola) in the
governorship election petition appeal.
It added that Justice Oyewole had been mandated to come up with the
template for rerun as final judgment of the appeal in the next few
weeks in order to have replica of INEC illegal rerun of September
27th, 2018 that gave the ruling party (APC) upper hand to manipulate
the said electoral process where they prevented the opposition voters
from near the poling units by the ruling party hiring political thugs
led Mr. Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo.
Rising from its expanded monthly meeting in Lagos, the group under the
aegis of Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) including;
Centre for Constitutional Rights and Counter Corruption Crusader, Save
Lagos Group(SLG) ,The Conscience Mainstream(TMG),African Masses Voices
for Survival (AMVS),The Christians Youths for the Peoples’ Rights and
Development(CYPRD),Islamic Movement for Muslims’ Rights(IMMR),Divine
Nigerians Liberators for Peoples’ Fundamental Rights(DNLPFR).
Others were; The Christian Awareness Mission Group(CAMG),Passengers
Fundamental Rights Group(PATRGIA),The Political Awareness
Group(TIPAG),Centre for Social Justice and Equity of
Nigeria(CESJEN),Veteran Groups for Operation Clean
Crusade(VGOCC),Apata-Aiyeraye Social Political Volunteer Group(ASPVG)
and De-Mainstream Independent Group(DIG).
The leader of the groups, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman who
disclosed through a signed statement which copies were made available
to newsmen, stated that “they would not do anything to undermining the
nation’s judiciary as the last arbiter for all and sundry and they
would not want to prejudice the outcome of the Appeal panel which they
belief it would do justice to the matter before it by giving victory
to the good people of Osun State.
While also commending the Court of Appeal President, for heeding the
call of the well meaning Nigerians on the previous inclusion of
Justice JOK Oyewole in Osun Governorship Appeal panel but the groups
maintained that the replacement with Hon. Justice Femi Akeju was just
like half and a dozen because Justice Akeju has a paternal
relationship with Ambassador Rufus Akeju who is nominee of Senator
Bola Tinubu/ Lagos State government as a Resident Electoral
Commissioner (REC) in the country’s electoral umpire(INEC) presently.
The statement stated that,” as a reputable Civil Society
Organizations, we would not fold our arms and allow the fresh plot by
the anti-democratic forces pretending to be democrats, to take its
root before crying out and we are here to expose the every yoke of
hidden agenda to subvert the Will of God on the good people of Osun
State in respect of September 22nd, 2018 governorship election.
It therefore called on the United Nation and national and
international organizations to beam search light on the panel members
and their aides through the period before delivering its judgment in
order to free the panel from being influenced by any party in the
It would be recalled that the Lower tribunal in the majority judgment
of March 22, 2019 had voided the victory of Oyetola and the APC in the
last year’s Osun governorship election and Oyetola and his party, APC
dissatisfied with the tribunal decision and approached the Court of