THE Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said the former governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni, exhibited crass ignorance in jumping to the defence of Senator Iyiola Omisore, over the latter's attack on the judiciary over the Osun gubernatorial polls appeal judgment.
In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said had Oni tried to make enquiries from better informed sources, he would have been told that truth is not a defence in criminal contempt charge, hence he would not have made his subjective comment that Omisore was right in abusing the judiciary over the judgment because it was “an irresponsible judgement”.
It said the outpouring of anger by Oni in his published interview and his eagerness to defend Omisore, who is obviously in pains over the truncation of his gubernatorial ambition by the judgment, has shown that the erstwhile governor has found a grieving partner in the senator.
“Oni is yet to recover from the blow dealt against him by the Court of Appeal judgment that effectively removed the usurper-governor from office. A similar Court of Appeal judgment in Osun has knocked out Omisore's ambition to occupy Bola Ige House. Both men are now partners on the strength of the self-inflicted tragedies that befell them. So we understand where they are coming from”, the party said.
ACN insisted that Omisore acted irresponsibly and far below the demands of the office he occupies by vilifying honourable Justice Ayo Salami, president of the Court of Appeal and other members of the court just because the Osun governorship appeal judgment did not go as he had wished.
“It amounts to denigration of the judiciary and the rule of law and a negation of democratic norms, for anyone to descend on the judiciary once a judgment does not favour him or her, as Omisore has done. It is instructive that the same Omisore did not think Justice Clara Ogunbiyi was corrupt or perverted when she threw out what had been considered a key evidence that would have barred Omisore from participating in the senatorial re-run, after his election was nullified.
“It is also interesting that Omisore and his defenders did not think the Court of Appeal did anything wrong when the Ogun State governorship election petition tribunal, which was constituted by the same Justice Salami (and which had Justice Garba on the panel as he was on the Osun panel), gave victory to Governor Gbenga Daniel of the PDP.