…Says Judgment Compromised
A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Timi Frank, on Friday, described the majority judgement of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that purportedly sacked Governor Ademola Adeleke as highly compromised.
Reacting to the tribunal verdict, Frank in a statement he personally signed in Abuja, said that the verdict fell short of expectations and does not reflect the will of the majority of the people of Osun who freely elected Senator Adeleke as governor.
He therefore called on the National Judicial Council, NJC, to urgently cause a probe of the verdict with a view to restoring Adeleke’s mandate, as well as penalizing any of the tribunal members found to have compromised on integrity.
He also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to urgently investigate the judges who wrote the majority judgement and prosecute those found to have based their decision on other considerations rather than the true facts canvassed during the hearing of the case.
He also called on the United States of America to place a visa ban on the Osun tribunal judges found to have used their highly exalted position as arbiters to derail and frustrate the growth of democracy in the country.
Frank also commended the judge who wrote the minority judgement for sticking to the truth and siding with the wishes and aspirations of Osun people that elected Adeleke during the last governorship election.
He however urged the people of Osun to remain calm and law abiding with the certainty that the mandate they freely gave to Adeleke would be retrieved at the appellate court.
He vowed that Nigerians will not fold their arms and watch any attempt to use the judiciary to again steal Adeleke’s mandate through the backdoor.