Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has commended the Osun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal for nullifying what he termed as illegality and declaring the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, as the winner of the 2018 election.
Obasanjo said though the declaration by the tribunal was a first step in the legal process, the actions of the judicial officers had renewed confidence in the judiciary in the country.
The former president gave the commendation in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Saturday evening by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.
Obasanjo in the statement disclosed that he was in Dubai, United Arabs Emirate, to attend the Global Education and Skills Forum meeting when he received the news, saying judiciary remains the last hope of the aggrieved.
He said if President Muhammadu Buhari could go to court three times to seek justice, any Nigerian who feels denied of justice must feel free to go to court.
According to Obasanjo, “what we do or do not do right in our electoral process will have implications not just for Nigeria but for Africa and indeed the world”, declaring that “no intimidation or prophesy of violence and doomsday will cow anybody from pursuing what is right”.
The statement reads: “Let me take this opportunity to commend the tribunal for its courage in nullifying what was clearly an illegality. This action by the judicial officers, albeit a first step in the legal process, gives renewed confidence in the judiciary at a time when there are coordinated efforts by some political leaders to undermine, if not destroy, it.
“While I have refrained from commenting on the 2019 elections because one of the parties has gone to court, may I point out that those who call themselves our development partners and friends and preach sacrificing justice on the altar of so-called stability are enemies of justice, democracy and Nigeria.”
We will continue to sustain Nigeria in stability and unity on the altar of justice, equity, fairness, freedom, human rights and democracy. Stability cannot be successfully built on injustice, corruption, inequity, and divided nation, and incompetence, nepotism and one-sidedness.
. “Those who have conceived and are promoting the narrative that if Atiku Abubakar continues to seek legal redress there will be violence, are evil minds looking for excuse to unleash violence on Nigerians. At no time in history has sustainable peace been built on theft, injustice, corruption and inequity. These merchants of chaos and violence should have no place in any decent society. And they must know that no intimidation or prophesy of violence and doomsday will cow anybody,” Obasanjo declared.