There is confusion in Oyo State over the judgement of the Court of Appeal on the governorship election on Monday, as the Governor, Seyi Makinde, his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have continued to interprete the verdict in their favour.
The court sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital had earlier on Monday disagreed with the governorship election petition tribunal judgement that nullified the petition brought to the court by the APC candidate, Adebayo Adelabu against Governor Makinde.
But the court neither expressly sacked the governor nor ordered a fresh poll, a decision that has continued to spark different interpretations.
Makinde has called on his supporters across the country to remain calm, because he is still in charge of the state.
In a statement, Makinde accused the opposition of misleading the public, saying, “It is premature for anyone to wish that a landslide victory can just be upturned. Although, they may wish that such happens, but it won’t ever happen. The mandate was freely given to him by the good people of Oyo State.
“There is really nothing to worry about because, all they, the opposition are planning is already in the public… the judiciary is credible and won’t allow itself to be used against the will of the Oyo State”, he said.
Also, while the APC perceived the judgement as affirmation of strong believe in the judiciary, the PDP termed it as a test case for judiciary and democracy.
APC in a statement signed by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Ayobami Adejumo, a copy of which was obtained by THE FLASH NEWS, lauded the Appellate Court’s Judges for their pronouncement, which validated the claims of the plaintiffs in the matter before it.
“The verdict given on Monday was unambiguous, apt and sound enough to convince any informed mind about the genuineness of our claim that Makinde’s declaration as the winner of the March 9 poll was done by INEC in error. The results announced were ridiculously inflated and there is no way such conspiracy could stand the test of proper scrutiny as this was just confirmed by the Appellate Court.
“While we use this opportunity to salute the court for living up to its responsibility as the last hope of the common man, we are appealing to the good people of the state including Oyo APC faithful and other key stakeholders to remain calm and resist from being provoked by the PDP government and its agents who are apparently occupying the Agodi Government House on a borrowed time.
“Obviously, the next line of action is for us as a Party and our gubernatorial hopeful to approach the Supreme Court for perfection of the landmark verdict delivered by the Court of Appeal today and, by the special Grace of God, we shall obtain favorable judgment from the Apex Court as only this would lend credence to the fact Nigeria’s democratic practice is premised on free and fair elections as well as the rule of law”.
Publicity Secretary of PDP, Akeem Olatunji in his own statement, said, going by the judgment, Makinde remains the Governor of the State.
“Going by the judgment of the Appeal Court, Seyi Makinde remains the Governor of Oyo State as PDP got her mandate through the March 9th election of which the Judges could not fault its fairness and the party is happy that the tribunal upheld the election in her ruling.
“Governor Seyi Makinde as the candidate of PDP polled 515,621 votes as against 357,982 votes scored by the APC candidate, Bayo Adelabu, with a wide margin of over 150,000 votes to defeat the APC candidate. Such a landslide freely given by the Oyo State electorates and the entire masses is beyond manipulation or abracadabra.
“Governor Seyi Makinde did not get his mandate through the lower Election Petition Tribunal but in a free and fair election conducted by INEC, hence the mandate is intact and it should be noted that Agodi government house is not vacant for whatever reason until 2023 when INEC will be lifting bans on political aspiration.
“We are not in crisis, the Governor is unruffled and our great party, PDP, view the whole drama as a charade of absurdity.
“If APC felt aggrieved, they are free to continue litigation while we at PDP continues with good governance”.