Ekiti: Adesanya Wants Electoral Offenders Punished

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Family of the late Yoruba leader, Senator Abraham Adesanya has called for stiffer  punishment for any fraudulent politician who occupied office on a stolen mandate,  describing the offence as more criminal than armed robbery.

The spokesman of the family and first son of the Afenifere leader, Mr. Bayo Adesanya  told Political Platform  in  Lagos that, “my father was an advocate of stiffer  penalty for anybody who occupies a political office on a stolen mandate.”

The younger Adesanya, who made the family’s stand on the issue known, was reacting  to the restored mandate of the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi by the Appeal  Court. He said the “restoration of the mandate to the rightful  owner is not enough,  the mandate thief is not supposed to go unpunished.”

According to him, his late father wanted punishment for electoral offenders to serve  as deterrent to others.

He blamed vote stealing on lack of political will to punish offenders effectively,  reasoning that, “some of those who are supposed to mete out the punishment are  either accomplices, beneficiaries of such stolen mandates or masterminds of the  criminal act!”

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He saluted Justice Ayo Salami and his team for the courage exhibited in the Ekiti  debacle which he said has restored the people’s confidence in the judiciary.

“Since the state Residential Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mrs. Ayoka Adebayo  disappeared and reappeared, nobody was left in doubt that Fayemi was the winner  while Segun Oni was sitting tight on a stolen mandate and borrowed time.”

The family congratulated Governor Fayemi, just as it also saluted the resolute  commitment of people like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Otunba Niyi  Adebayo, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and the entire leadership of the Action Congress of  Nigeria, ACN, for their  doggedness that led to earning a deserved victory.

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