Osun Supreme: The Technical Strategy that Outsmarted Senator Adeleke
Written by Ibraheem Sikiru
Published on 7/5/2019 2:55:08 PM
The Supreme Court Judgement on the Osun State's September 2018 Governorship Election was pronounced by the 7-man Supreme Court Committee. The judgement was base on the TECHNICALITY of the Tribunal Judgment.
Going by the dissenting judgement, Five of the seven man committee nullified an appeal file by the Petitioner at the Supreme Court, Senator Ademola Adeleke while two of the jury accepted the appeal.
The Supreme Court of Nigeria, therefore held that Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola is the duly elected Governor of Osun State while placing Senator Ademola Adeleke's pursuit of a mandate before God.
Keenly looking into the Supreme Court Judgement, the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has already won the case before the Osun State Governorship Tribunal was inaugurated. The major problem with the plan is that the Petitioners at the Tribunal; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and her candidate Senator Ademola Adeleke, could not do much to avoid the tornado except with desperation and sacrifices of blind approaches. The most important in this section is that the case is similar to what happened in Kano State which means the Peoples Democratic Party and her candidate in Kano state should be ready to pay the cost and avoid the replay of Osun Tornado.
Should the Kano Chapter of the PDP fail to pay the undetected cost, the event of Osun tornado will surely repeat itself. Hence, Osun might stand as blessing to Kano State. Strategy adopted by the APC
Haven known that the illegality that transpired in the September 2018 Governorship Election could not be defended before any court of law, the ruling APC had approached the court and neutralized the system by penetrating through the members of the Tribunal whose majority had formed a gang listening to a dreadful tone of the political-mongers.
Penetration through the Judiciary could be substantiated by what lead to the elimination and substitutions of the members of the committee set up for the Court of Appeal.
The ruling party had no interest in winning the Tribunal and that could be seen when the Tribunal ruled in the favor of the PDP governorship candidate in the election, Senator Ademola Adeleke. APC and her candidate felt calm, happy, laughing and started establishing the new legal term, TECHNICAL ERROR.
The Tribunal sat for 90 days and Justice Obiora missed a session. Some revealed that he attended the session but forgot to signed the attendance Registrar. This is a man who has been practicing law for decades. Missing a session with or without notice or an alleged failure to sign Attendance Registrar is seen as the real set up.
Justice Obiora seem as the tool of the doom that covered the cloud in Osun State. He was positioned to delivered judgement on the case he was very well known to be incompetent for the absence in all court proceedings. He served as an actor in the TECHNICAL ERROR that APC was looking for.
Immediately, the Tribunal made the pronouncement, the APC felt happy and raise the issue of TECHNICAL ERROR which could have been objected before the final judgement was delivered. But, it is rather more a planned work than a mere error. What was the cost?
After the TECHNICAL ERROR was fully established, the attention of the court was totally driven away from the electoral case that was tendered before it and every other argument was base on an error committed by the Court, neither by the PDP nor her candidate.
PDP and Senator Adeleke's legal team ought to have detected and raised objection on the appointment of Justice Obiora to deliver the judgement in the Court's proceeding where he missed a session. But, we couldn't blame them for that because judgement day is not meant for argument but briefing.
In fact, this may sound disrespectful to the sitting Justice and might lead to legal frustration against the petitioners; PDP and Senator Adeleke.
The second cost would be too expensive and could have been better. Social, Emotional and Physical rascals, from within and outside the court room, could have been adopted by some loyalists of the party to stop the proceeding on the OBSERVATION OF THE TECHNICAL ERROR. This might lead to an impromptu adjournment of the proceeding and the action might attract jail term or penalty in the like sum for those that act the film in the court room. This would raised dust in both National and International Judicial Communities and might have promoted sanity in our Judicial system than an hijacked Judicial System the country is experiencing.
They said he who pays the piper calls the tune
but the idiom is proven false in the case of September 2018 Osun State Governorship election.
They committed the crime, they received the blessing.
They said King cuts the wrong finger
but the situation in the Osun State Governorship Tribunal is something else, the innocent finger was cut.
The Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court abandoned everything related to the election that necessitated setting up of the Tribunal, they both focused on the planned TECHNICAL ERROR and denied majority of the electorates residing in Osun State the right to choose their political leader.
The technical strategy might have successfully outsmarted Senator Adeleke but the judges must have known a fact that the strategy is gradually inviting anarchy into the court room.