Lagos ACN Salutes Aregbesola and the Judiciary on Osun Verdict.
The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria has saluted the judiciary for the welcome decision on the Osun State governorship electoral dispute. The party said that the declaration of His Excellency, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola as the dully elected governor of Osun State follows due legal process and rule of law.
In a release in Lagos, signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Joe Igbokwe, the party said that though coming late, the decision on Osun is a demonstration that justice may take a while but will certainly come in due season. The party insists in its demand that electoral fraudsters must be punished for the country to make progress in the much anticipated electoral reforms.
“We are filled with joy that at last, justice is being done on Osun after an elaborate attempt to pervert justice on the governorship dispute in Osun State. We are happy that at long last, Rauf Aregbesola has reclaimed the mandate that was violently stolen from him and wielded by an impostor for close to four years. Though coming late, the retrieval of the mandate of Gov. Aregbesola demonstrates that justice is still possible even with the distortions done by politicians.
“We are aware of the elaborate efforts made to pervert justice in Osun State after the April 2007 general election and the efforts made to ensure that Aregbesola never realized his mandate. We are aware that Osun State has been a theater of deliberate electoral and judicial manipulation in the past and we are overjoyed that at long last, justice has been done and the rightful owner has assumed his mandate after three and half years of being prevented from assuming his mandate.
“We salute the judiciary for this epochal event and we salute the resilience and staying power of Aregbesola who remained firm in the face of persistent persecution and trumped up charges against his person. We commend the people of Osun who remained firm and undaunted and insisted on their freely given to Aregbesola.
“Lagos ACN insists that electoral manipulators must be punished and appropriately sanctioned for the country to make progress in the much anticipated electoral reform. As the 2011 election draws nearer, we insist that those that rig elections and those that benefit from electoral fraud must be meted with appropriate punishments deserving of the heinous crime they committed.”