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Dr. Frederick Fasehun, founder and president of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), has hailed the Court of Appeal ruling, which declared Dr. Kayode Fayemi duly elected governor of Ekiti State.
“Dr. Fayemi’s victory meets the expectations of progressive elements in Nigeria who happen to be in the majority. It signifies hope for Nigeria’s democracy. The judiciary has once more demonstrated unequalled courage. The judges have proved they can deliver justice as the last hope of the common man,” Fasehun said.
The OPC founder urged the people of Ekiti State to accept the verdict, adding that Nigerians must learn that an essential ingredient for democracy to blossom in their national life was respect for the people’s will as expressed through a credible electoral process.
“We congratulate the victor and sympathise with the vanquished. But we admonish that both should work together to keep Ekiti State a land of pervasive peace and prosperity,” he said. He noted that though the judicial process was long-drawn, in the end justice had been done.
“We particularly salute the courage, tenacity and faith of Dr. Fayemi for relentlessly pushing his case since 2007. His first duty will be to justify the people’s confidence and exercise their mandate in order to unequivocally deliver the dividends of democracy to the commoner in the state,” Fasehun said. “We hope that Nigerians involved in the management of our national life will learn to walk the path of truth. They must realise that if you cover the truth with blankets, it is only temporary, because truth will always surface in the end,” he said.
Lamenting that out of 36 gubernatorial elections conducted in 2007 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the judiciary decided the victories of 33 states’ chief executives, Fasehun demanded that all electoral officers found culpable in subjugating the electoral process should be punished.