- Governor Gboyega Oyetola was declared winner of the 2018 Osun state gubernatorial election by the Court of Appeal
- In reaction to the judgement, Ogbeni Aregbesola said the court invoked the spirit of law and delivered justice to the people
- According to the former governor, the court averted what would have been a monumental democratic tragedy
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, immediate past governor of Osun, on Thursday, May 10, said the judgement of the Court of Appeal that restored the victory of Governor Gboyega Oyetola was satisfactory.
Vanguard reports that Aregbesola stated that the wild jubilation in the state after the judgement was an indication that the people overwhelmingly accepted the verdict with joy.
In a statement by his media adviser, Sola Fasure, Aregbesola commended the judges of the Court of Appeal for their courage and for averting a monumental injustice that would have arisen from the overthrow of the electoral will of the people if the tribunal judgement had been affirmed.
The former governor said he received the judgement with joy and satisfaction that justice has been served. He further described the judgement as rich, well-reasoned, well-argued and deeply satisfying.
He said: "The errors of the tribunal, from the point of law and electoral justice, were too many and imponderable. They could not have withstood sound legal scrutiny and demands of justice for the people. The judgement sits well with the people of the state as they spontaneously erupted into joyous celebration after the verdict has been read.
"It affirmed their electoral choice and more importantly the rule of law and faith in the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal, in the best tradition of higher courts, invoked the spirit and letter of the law and delivered justice to the people."
According to Aregbesola, the judges prevented the subversion of democracy in which the political will of the people would have been overthrown and "an impostor imposed on the good people of Osun as their governor." He commended the courage and forthrightness of the judges.
He said the Court of Appeal has averted what would have been a monumental democratic tragedy.
“We thank and commend the people of Osun and the members and supporters of the APC for their calmness, peaceful disposition and faith in the rule of law, before during and after the trial.
“The leadership and members of our party will continue to stand with the people and their interest at all times”, it concludes. Restructuring Yoruba race need to be more tactical, strategic …, Fayemi tells S’ west leaders," he added.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja ruled in favour of Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, in the Osun 2018 governorship election case.
The election tribunal judgment had earlier ruled in favour of Senator Ademola Adeleke, declaring him winner.
Oyetola, his party, the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission had filed substantive appeals, seeking the setting aside of the decision of the tribunal.
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