By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA – THE Action Congress in Ogun State, today, expressed worries of Governor Gbenga Daniel’s lamentation over the loss of Ekiti State to the Action Congress of Nigeria [CAN] saying the statement should worry all law-abiding Nigerians.
The ACN in a statement issued in Abeokuta and signed by the Publicity Secretary; Alhaji Sola Lawal said that Daniel’s statement, made in Sagamu during the meeting of Jonathan for President Supporters, “contained a poorly veiled disappointment with the failure of the president to intervene and save Ekiti State. That the Ogun state governor openly instigated the president to step in to forestall Osun State from going the way of Ekiti calls for determined vigilance of all progressives and believers in the rule of law.
“Much as the Ogun State enforcer-in-chief cannot be begrudged for whining about gradual but sure loss of stolen mandates to their rightful owners as it happened in Edo, Ondo and lately Ekiti, it is primitive for him to attempt to blackmail the president to help perpetuate anti-democratic system in any state of the federation.
“While it is conventional for the thief to bolt with his loot, it is astonishingly novel for the thief to call on the chief security officer to help prevent recovery of loot by its rightful owner.
“Both the president and the judiciary should be weary of retrogressive characters like the Ogun State governor who, in spite of his despicable incompetence in reining- in contending stakeholders in his state, has self-gratuitously appointed himself as the South-West police of stolen mandate. His efforts can only end in jeopardy.
“Nigerians’ austere confidence in the judiciary, despite many highly controversial judicial stands emanating from the courts in recent times, is hinged on few but courageous pronouncements such as the Ekiti, Ondo and Edo examples.
“Indeed, the outcome of Ekiti’s long-drawn legal tango over governorship position is seen by many as a pointer to the rebirth of the Nation’s judicial system.
“As a consequence of this new faith in the judiciary, attention has now been shifted to Osun State with copious expectation that the last bastion of justice will further endear itself to the Nigerian people, groaning while enduring injustice in high places.
“Such high expectations is not misplaced particularly as it pertains to adjudication on the election petition filed by Engineer Rauf Aregbesola of the ACN, pending before the Court of Appeal, Ibadan headed by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun whose genealogical background and upbringing would emphasis her uprightness, decorum and integrity.
“Governor Daniel’s fears that the PDP may lose the remaining Ogun, Oyo and Osun states is not misplaced as his worry is borne out of widely held view that his party has failed to meet the expectations of the people of the South-West”.