6th October, 2010
The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria has urged the judiciary toÂ ensure it charts the path of honour in judiciously disposing of the Ekiti StateÂ governorship re-run elections petition instituted by the ACN candidate against theÂ incumbent governor, who is of the PDP.
The party said the Nigerian judiciary must not allow desperate politicians to muddle itsÂ integrity in the quest for transient power, insisting that Nigerians look up to theÂ judiciary for succor in the face of the remorseless inclination of the PDP to hold ontoÂ power at all levels and at all costs.
In a release in Lagos, signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the ACN, JoeÂ Igbokwe, the party says that the judiciary is presented with a golden opportunity toÂ write its name in gold by the Ekiti governorship case, which has been twisted for longÂ when it should be a simple issue that is clear to all and sundry. It said that theÂ judiciary must be mindful of the public opprobrium some bad eggs on the bench hasÂ attracted to it and signal a fresh start especially as the 2011 elections draw nearer.
â€œWe want to believe that the judiciary has learnt tremendous lessons from the unfledgedÂ public pillorying it has received in the hands of disappointed Nigerians who are saddledÂ with and endless litany of miscarried justice and very controversial adjudications overÂ the widely flawed 2007 elections. We know that the present leadership of the judiciary isÂ mindful of the fact that Nigerians have come to associate the judiciary with so muchÂ sordid details of compromise arising from the handling of cases arising from the 2007Â elections, adjudged the worst ever in the history of elections in Nigeria. we note thatÂ while the judiciary was able to redeem itself creditably in one or two instances,Â allegations of wide scale corruption, compromise and perversion of justice remained theÂ hallmark of public perception of the judicial handling of the fallouts of that hugelyÂ scrambled election.
â€œThe Ekiti electoral dispute presents one glaring case of controversial adjudication thatÂ is yet to clear and this has became a huge burden the judiciary must discharge else itÂ gets further enmeshed in the deep-layered conspiracy to deny the Ekiti voters of theirÂ dully elected governor. We urge the Appeal Tribunal to remain firm and steadfast inÂ ensuring that justice is done in Ekiti, no matter how long it takes. This will furtherÂ strengthen the judiciary and its resolve to ensure that the integrity of the judiciary isÂ preserved among selfish politicians who will do anything to take advantage of theÂ electoral system for their selfish ends.
â€œLagos ACN is perplexed that there have been reported attempts to divert or arrest theÂ impending judgment of the Appeal Tribunal. This remains an audacious effort by electoralÂ thieves to preserve their loot by all possible means. We therefore urge the Chief JusticeÂ of Nigeria, the President of the Appeal Court , who incidentally is handling the EkitiÂ appeal tribunal case, not to allow the integrity to be tied to the selfish interests ofÂ few desperate politicians and their ilks.â€ Lagos ACN is aware that all Nigerians know theÂ details of what transpired during the re-run polls especially the infamous Ido OsiÂ charade on which false platform, the PDP and Segun Oni is keeping the mandate freelyÂ given to Kayode Fayemi and the ACN. We believe this is the central key to decide who theÂ truly elected governor of Ekiti State is and we believe that the judiciary will not allowÂ further muddling of its name by pander8ing to the deadly wishes of the PDP.
â€œWe urge the Appeal Tribunal to dispense justice on the Ekiti case without fear or favourÂ and signal a readiness to tackle the fallouts of the impending general elections inÂ 2011.â€