The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state has stated what next it would do while lauding the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan and reaffirming its strong belief in the judiciary as the pillar of hope for the sustenance of democracy.
The party’s next intention is contained in a statement signed by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo and made available to newsmen on Monday in Ibadan.
The APC was reacting to a verdict of the Appellate Court given on Monday in a case between its governorship candidate, Adebayo Adelabu and PDP’s Seyi Makinde.
“The Court of Appeal found that the Judgement of the lower Tribunal, which dismissed the petition of the APC’s gubernatorial candidate, Adelabu, challenging the election of Makinde in the election of March 9, 2019 was perverse and therefore set the Judgement aside,” it said.
It regretted that the good people of the state would still have to wait for the final adjudication on the case before their candidate could reclaim his mandate.
“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.
“We use this opportunity to salute the court for living up to its responsibility as the last hope of the common man,” it said.
It said that the PDP government in the state and its agents are apparently occupying the Agodi Government House on borrowed time, adding that it planned to approach the Supreme Court to perfect the verdict of the Appellate Court.
“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 favourable 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,” the party said.
The APC said that the state is witnessing another era when the conspiracy of a small clique has slowed down the progress of the majority.
It said that they wanted to be done at this crucial time was to urge their party faithful, key stakeholders and the good people of the state to be prayerful and watchful.
The party said that the whole world expect the final determination in their favour at the Apex Court in no distant time to enable the Pacesetter State rise again.(NAN)