By Ola AJAYI, Ibadan
After the nullification of the election of Mrs. Folake Olunloyo-Oshinowo who represented Ibadan North West / South West Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives by the Court of Appeal, Ibadan, division , the stage is now set for a rerun today.
The appellate court had nullified the election of the lawmaker and ordered a rerun within 60 days following the appeal filed by the candidate of the Action Congress, Mrs. IdayatÂ Adebusuyi.
Justice C.B. Ogunbiyi, who led other two justices said the AC candidate had convinced the panel that there were irregularities in the April 21 election and that the INEC did not do its job of an umpire effectively. The election was nullified on 22nd October,2009.
Expectedly,Â after the court ruled in favour of the AC candidate, as other contestants girded their loins again to re-contest the election.
This generated a lot of controversy as parties like the ANPP, AA and the AC disagreed with the REC saying he appeared to be in favour of a particular party, adding that they ought to have been consulted before the final decision on the date. But the REC stood his ground saying he needed not to seek their opinion on the date he chose for the rerun.
After the disagreement subsided, all parties finally agreed to the date. The major parties that are participating in todayâ€™s election are Action Alliance, ANPP, AC and PDP. Mr. Adetunji Akande (ANPP), Idayat Adebusuyi (AC) and Folake Olunloyo-Oshinowo (PDP) would contest the election with others.
Alliance for Democracy candidate, Mr. Gbolagade Busari pulled out saying there was nothing on ground to convince him that the election would be free and fair.
AC, through its leader in the state, Alhaji Lam Adesina, had raised alarm that the PDP had stuffed some ballot boxes with votes, while Adebusuyi said, â€œPDP is not known to have carried out any free and fair election but I rely on God. Whatever they do, God will see me through and I will be declared winner.â€
Also, the Chairman of ANPP in the state, Mr. Folorunso Rasaki, is optimistic that the partyâ€™s candidate would emerge victorious. According to him, â€œANPP is carrying the day. We rely on the promises of INEC that the election will be free and fair. If it happens that way, we are sure of victory.â€
Adesina said the election would be another litmus test for the much touted adherence to the Rule of Law by President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua. He warned the INEC, police, SSS and other security agencies to be impartial and treat all parties equally to avoid breakdown of law and order.
With the successful reconciliation move by the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu which brought Lam Adesina and Senator Abiola Ajimobi together under the AC, it is a fact that the election will be a ding_dong affair between AC and PDP.