…As Atiku, CUPP react
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA-The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has lauded the verdict of the Osun State governorship election tribunal, which upheld the victory of its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke on Friday, describing the judgement as a victory for democracy and the will of the people.
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party described the judgment as “a clear indicator that those who set out to destroy our democracy can never triumph and that no matter how evil and injustice appear to thrive, the truth must always prevail at the end of the day.
The statement further read: “Nigerians have accepted democracy as a way of life and a form of government that suits the multi-plurality of our nation.
“The spontaneous jubilation that greeted this judgment is therefore a direct indication that it is in consonant with the wishes and aspiration of Nigerians across the board.
“For those who have been desperate to destroy our democracy, this judgment has proven to them that their shenanigans will always come to no avail.
“The PDP commends the judiciary for standing upright in the defence of democracy and for ensuring that those involved in the rapacious desecration of our democratic norms will never succeed.
“This verdict, which reverberates across our nation, points to the fact that the truth will always prevail and that our party, the PDP, will recover all our stolen mandates in the 2019 general elections, particularly, the Presidential mandate, which Nigerians freely gave to our candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
“Furthermore, all our candidates who have already won their elections, but whose victories are being manipulated by anti-democratic forces, must take solace in the words of the Osun election petition panel, that once valid votes have been declared and a winner emerges by majority of votes, a rerun is illegal.”
The party congratulated Senator Adeleke, the good people of Osun state as well as all lovers of democracy across our country “for the triumph of justice over impunity, abuse of electoral processes and unfettered political rascality.”
Meanwhile, Atiku has hailed the judgement, descrbing the judiciary as “defender of our democracy.” In a tweet on his verified twitter handle, @atiku, the former Vice President wrote: “Truly, the judiciary is the last hope of the common man and the defender of our democracy. Congratulations Senator Ademola Adeleke. ”
Similarly, the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, while reacting to the ruling described the development as the affirmation of the supremacy of the ballot.
In a statement issued by its spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, the group said it
received with joy the news of the declaration of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the Osun State governorship election by the Osun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
The statement reads: “The CUPP sees the judgement of the tribunal as victory for democracy and affirmation of the supremacy of the sanctity of the ballot.
“The tribunal has given hope to Nigerians with this courageous decision to sack the governor who was foisted on the people of Osun State through the barrel of gun instead of the ballot.
“The rampaging electoral robbery of the Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progresives Congress, APC, is beginning to crumble in their face with the determination of the judiciary to stand firm, despite monetary inducements and threats.
“Today’s (yesterday’s) judgement has reinforced the hope of the opposition that there is still men and women on the bench who, even in the face of rampage to destroy the judiciary, can still stand firm and do the right thing.
“We are hopeful that the Appeal Court and Supreme Court judges will be bold enough to send the 2019 mandate thieves out office when the time comes.”