29th October, 2010
Family of the late Yoruba leader, Senator Abraham Adesanya has called for stifferÂ punishment for any fraudulent politician who occupied office on a stolen mandate,Â describing the offence as more criminal than armed robbery.
The spokesman of the family and first son of the Afenifere leader, Mr. Bayo AdesanyaÂ told Political PlatformÂ inÂ Lagos that, â€œmy father was an advocate of stifferÂ penalty for anybody who occupies a political office on a stolen mandate.â€
The younger Adesanya, who made the familyâ€™s stand on the issue known, was reactingÂ to the restored mandate of the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi by the AppealÂ Court. He said the â€œrestoration of the mandate to the rightfulÂ owner is not enough,Â the mandate thief is not supposed to go unpunished.â€
According to him, his late father wanted punishment for electoral offenders to serveÂ as deterrent to others.
He blamed vote stealing on lack of political will to punish offenders effectively,Â reasoning that, â€œsome of those who are supposed to mete out the punishment areÂ either accomplices, beneficiaries of such stolen mandates or masterminds of theÂ criminal act!â€
He saluted Justice Ayo Salami and his team for the courage exhibited in the EkitiÂ debacle which he said has restored the people’s confidence in the judiciary.
â€œSince the state Residential Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mrs. Ayoka AdebayoÂ disappeared and reappeared, nobody was left in doubt that Fayemi was the winnerÂ while Segun Oni was sitting tight on a stolen mandate and borrowed time.â€
The family congratulated Governor Fayemi, just as it also saluted the resoluteÂ commitment of people like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Otunba NiyiÂ Adebayo, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and the entire leadership of the Action Congress ofÂ Nigeria, ACN, for theirÂ doggedness that led to earning a deserved victory.