By Gbenga Olarinoye
The Action Congress Governorship Candidate in Osun State and the petitioner in the State Retrial Election Tribunal, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola has described Wednesday’s verdict handed down by the Justice Hamman Barka-led Tribunal in Ekiti State as a further reinforcement of ACâ€™s determination to achieve a truly democratic Nigeria devoid of electoral larceny and filth in all strata.
Similarly, Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola said the confirmation of Oniâ€™s victory by the tribunal was a vindication of the just and that cases are never won through propaganda and sentiments.
Both Aregbesola and Oyinlola are expecting the verdict of the Osun State Tribunal which reserved its ruling after both parties had submitted their written addresses last month.
Aregbesola in a statement in Osogbo by his Media Assistant, Gbenga Fayemiwo said â€œWe salute the Governorship Candidate of the Action Congress, AC, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, his Deputy, leaders, members of Action Congress, AC, and the indefatigable people of Ekiti State, the true fountain of knowledge, for their steadfastness and commitment to the ideals of democracy, good governance and the rule of law.
â€œWe are not unaware of the agony and angst that the majority judgement of the Tribunal would have put the people of Ekiti State. We are also not unmindful of the distress and despair which the majority verdict could cause among the forces of democracy in these trying times.
â€œThe people of Ekiti State should be rest assured that the ultimate justice is on the horizon. Like the Kenyan novelist wrote â€œThe ravening cloud will not long possess the sky.
â€œWe know this because of our fervent belief in the emergence of ultimate justice for the indomitable spirit of man in the face of exploitation, savagery and inhumanity.
â€œWhat we have today from the Tribunalâ€™s majority pronouncement is judgement but justice will soon come to put paid to any doubt or controversy.
â€œThere is no room, therefore, for despair or despondency neither is there any space for recrimination nor self doubt. The great people of Ekiti State should hold their heads high that they have fought a good fight of faith in the rule of law, democracy and good governance. They have shown their intolerance for vote robbery and have left no one in doubt that their votes must count no matter whose ox is gored. We are not in doubt that the dawn of victory is nigh.
â€œWhile we thank supporters of our great party all over the world for their unflinching commitment to the good of the vast majority of our people, we want to state that Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his team should hold their heads high for indeed, victory is theirs.
â€œIn conclusion, we salute the men and women of integrity in the Nigerian Judiciary for standing up strong to uphold the rule of law and compliance with the Constitution in the face of all manners of pressure and odds. The courage demonstrated by the Nigerian bench has restrained and discouraged the ruthlessly unsparing oppressors from continued oppression of citizens and acting with impunity in determining their democratic destinyâ€, he added.