As people of Osun state prepare for the judgement on the Osun State governorship election matter tabled before the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja on May 9, 2019, there is tension and anxiety among political bigwigs
Recall that the incumbent governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, who was the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the September 22 governorship poll, had filed an appeal before the court following March 22 judgement of the election petition tribunal, which sacked him from the office.
The September 27 rerun election was however declared null and void by the majority judgement of the Tribunal who declared the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleke, winner of the poll.
Oyetola, in his appeal thereafter prayed the court to upturn the judgement, citing certain legal loopholes.
Meanwhile, the notification for judgement on the appeal was communicated to the parties Wednesday morning by the Senior Registrar of the court, making it a 24-hour notice.
While speaking with newsmen today, n Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Gboyega Oyetola, Mr Adeniyi Adesina expressed optimism of victory.
” We are confident that the judgement will favour us based on the merit of our appeal in the face of law.
“We are not apprehensive of anything, no cause for alarm, we are more than confident that the honourable judges will do justice without fair or favour,” Adesina said.
A reliable source within the ruling party, which craved anonymity, said the news came as a big surprise to its party.
“We are indeed taken by surprise with the news, many of us were not expecting it so fast, it really unsettled many of our leaders.
“All the same, we are confident of victory going by the quality of arguments before the court by our legal team, I see light after the tunnel”.
In another reaction, a chieftain of PDP in the state, Prince Saka Mabro
described APC’s government in the state as ‘ephemeral ‘ adding that it’s days are numbered.
He opined that the last gubernatorial election in the state was a “political caricature ” which would never hold.
According to him, Osun State, after the election became “a reference point for electoral fraud ” which in his words brought great odium to the state amongst the federating units.
“This party called APC comprises of people with no toga of shame, it is indeed a conglomerate of shameless characters without conscience.
“How could they be expecting anything other than legal disgrace, the case is clear, it is a case of broad day robbery, and violent rape of democracy.
” It is victory all the way for my party tomorrow, the PDP will surely carry the day, mark my words, ” Mabro boasted.