Daily Champion (Lagos)

29 November 2010

Nigeria: Judiciary, Last Hope of Common Men - Afenifere

Leader of the Pan Yoruba socio Political group, "Afenifere", Pa Reuben Fasoranti yesterday described the judgment of the Appeal court on the 2007 election of Osun State as clear indication that the judiciary still remained the last hope of the common men, just as the retired Bishop of Anglican Communion of Akure Diocese, Rt. Rev. Bolanle Gbonigi, said just the judgement showed that God is the creator of the whole world and has again proved that he is a God of justice.

According to Fasoranti, the judgment as given by the judges showed that the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate was able to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt with avalanche of evidence he presented before the judges.

He said "I want to congratulate Engineer Rauf Aregbesola on his victory, which shows that justice will always triumph if followed to a logical conclusion".

Bolanle Gbonigi, in his reaction said just it happened in Ekiti Ondo and Edo states, God the creator of the whole world has again proved that he is a God of justice.

Gbonigi said, "God has many attributes; he is a God of justice. He has shown one of his attributes just as he did in Ondo, Ekiti and Edo State where he proved to Nigerians that justice can only be delayed

"The election of 2007 was fraught with lots of manipulations and the judges through their judgments have allowed the truth to over come falsehood".

A human rights activist and Ondo State ACN Chieftain, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, described the judgment of the court of Appeal as another victory for democracy.

According to him, "It confirms the light of justice against the delusion of power the battle is actually between us at ACN and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The court has just affirmed the right of the people according to the law and justice.

"We are grateful that the court has stood up for the end of justice, the right of the people and the rule of the law".

Abayomi, a former ACN Governorship Aspirant in the 2007 General Elections, said Aregbesola's victory affirmed the importance of democracy.

He noted that the judgment showed it was the organic right of the people to vote for a candidate of their choice, saying it was time for the PDP to accept defeat at the polls instead of foisting themselves of the people of Nigeria.

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