15th October, 2010
The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria has congratulated the partyâ€™s governorship candidate for Ekiti State, His Excellency, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, for his victory at the Appeal Tribunal.
The party says that victory is a reward for tenacity, courage, resilienceÂ and firmness in the face of persistent persecution and has demonstrated that these pay against transient power that was never gained through the electorate.
In a release in Lagos, signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Joe Igbokwe, Lagos CAN says that the judiciary has, by this judgment, served a final notice to electoral thieves and vote robbers that the game is getting over.
The party calls for stiff sanctions against all those that perpetrated the electoral fraud in Ekiti State that saw an impostor in Segun Oni wield an illegitimate mandate for nearly four years.
â€œWe are overjoyed that victory came to Fayemi after nearly four years of disciplined struggle against electoral thieves and vote robbers who shamelessly coveted his mandate for close to four years. The import of that important victory is that no matter how long it takes falsehood to prosper, it will certainly get overtaken by truth in the long run. We are happy that Dr. Fayemiâ€™s consistency has paid off and he has retrieved the mandate the people of Ekiti State freely gave to him and which they have re-affirmed severally, through their votes and through their public protestation of the diversion of their mandate.
â€œThe victory of Fayemi portends good for the electoral regime that is being planned for the crucial 2011 election. It demonstrates the readiness of the judiciary to put the sordid past behind it and ensure that justice is done and that electoral robbers are not rewarded with the mandates of their opponents as was flagrantly done in 2003 and 2007. We urge the judiciary to uphold this mindset and ensure that bad eggs in their midst who abet and aid this criminality are ostracised and dealt with. We congratulate the Appeal Tribunal for the courage in upholding the truth even when such truth was being threatened by state sponsored falsehood.
â€œLagos ACN uses this opportunity to call for stiff sanctions against those that divert other peopleâ€™s electoral mandates with impunity and we suggest that we start with Ekiti where an illegitimate governor sat on the throne for nearly the full term of the four-year mandate while the real owner of the mandate was made to go through enervating struggle to retrieve it. We believe that the ends of justice would be well served if those that wrought that diversion and the beneficiaries are made to pay for their criminal acts. We believe the electoral system will gain so much from ensuring that those that steal the votes of others are punished for that act of electoral criminality.
â€œWe see the victory of Fayemi as a good omen for the liberation of the entire South West from the hands of the impostors former President Olusegun Obasanjo imposed in 2003 and also the total liberation of Nigerians from the claws of the desperate rapists that have written the history of our democracy in blood and fraud. We congratulate the good people of Ekiti State who have demonstrated uncommon courage in the face of the desperation of the illegitimate regime to cling to power at all cost. We believe this victory belongs to them as the full effort to liberate Nigerians from the claws of vote robbers and electoral thieves gathers momentum. Once more, congratulations to His Excellency, Dr. John Olukayode Fayemi and Ekiti ACN for your well deserved victory.â€