By Gbenga Akanmu
Lawmakers of the Lagos State House of Assembly have hailed the victory of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who was declared as the truly elected Governor of Ekiti State in 2007 by the Appeal Court sitting in Ilorin, Friday.
The lawmakers com-mended the Appeal Court for upholding justice and truth, describing the verdict as a victory for democracy.
Mr. Rotimi Abiru said the stolen mandate by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been returned to Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
He complained that Ekiti State has not been progressing since the former governor of the state, Segun Oni emerged in 2007, adding that he needs to be brought to book immediately.
He said: “It pained me when l heard that Oni emerged in 2007 as Governor because my wife comes from Ekiti. Thanks to God and the Appeal Court that justice is delayed not denied.
“The Ekiti REC, Mrs. Adebayo Ayoka needs to be prosecuted because she was used to steal what belongs to ACN.”
He maintained that there is need for quick dispensations of justice in electoral tribunals to avert lengthen period dispensing justice.
Supporting his colleague, Mr. Rotimi Olowo opined that what happened in Ekiti is a victory for the rule of law and democracy in Nigeria.
According to him, Mrs. Ayoka initially did what was right before she changed her mind due to some forces and she manipulated the election but the most important thing is that truth finally came out.
The lawmaker while congratulating the leaders of ACN, advised the new governor to ensure that he does his best to take Ekiti to the promised land, also advising Segun Oni to accept his fate.
Reacting to the victory, Mr Adelabu Onibiyo expressed his joy over the verdict, adding that it is sign of hope for the country and politicians.
He expressed sadness in the action taken by Mrs. Ayoka during the re-run election; she is not part of people to be respected in the society.
Mr. Obasa Mudashiru joined his colleagues in congratulating the people of Ekiti, hoping that expectation in the Osun verdict would their expectation.
He mentioned that judiciary is not the problem in the country but the bad elements in judiciary particularly those in the electoral tribunal who deliberately manipulated the truth.