\By Jubril Bada
The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has described the Ondo State High Court ruling that dismissed the suit filed by one Idowu Otetubi and Gani Muhammed laying claim to the leadership of the party in the State as a welcome development and a victory for democracy and the rule of law.
The party in a statement signed and made available to journalists by the party’s State Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Steve Otaloro expressed joy over the dismissal of the suit.
The statement read: “We are delighted when we heard the court ruling in Favour of our chairman, Mr. Ade Adetimehin. This ruling has put to rest our consistent claim that Adetimehin was duly and overwhelmingly elected during the APC congress to lead the party in the state.
This court ruling would go a long way towards setting the tone for the rebuilding process in the aftermath of the party’s primary and place it in good stead in next year general elections.
We salute the courage of the Court Judge who have further asserted the independence of the judiciary in Nigeria. The outcome of the judgement has once again rekindled the hope of average Nigerians, on the judiciary as the last hope of the people.
The judgment is also good for democracy in Nigeria because APC has shown tenacity and the ability to lead Nigeria as an egalitarian society based on the rule of law. Today, our democracy is being deepened and the rule of law respected; things are done according to the dictates of democracy and rights of Nigerians. There was no form of infringement and violations of people’s rights.
“It should be noted the seemingly crises within our party was being externally influenced and orchestrated by those who were afraid of the soaring popularity of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and APC-led government in the state.
They are the ones sponsoring Idowu Otetubi and his group against the party. We thank God the truth has prevailed.
“We will therefore like to use this victory to advise those who decamped to return and be part of the rebuilding process. Those who were misled to leave the party as a result of the primary election are welcome back, if they are sincere in belonging to the party. If their hearts are still with the APC, they should return, but if not, they should remain where they are.
“The outcome of the ruling should be seen as no victor, no vanquish but a victory for democracy and the rule of law. We urge party supporters and those that are affected in one way or the other to bury every sentiment and rally round the party with the return of peace and unity to the party.
“All members of our party should know that the interest of the party is far greater than individual interest and they should all rally round the party for total victory in the coming poll. If you lost out today, tomorrow might be your lucky day. We should all remember the tenacity of President Buhari who until his fourth attempt at the election before he could clinch the presidency.
“Once again, we call on the police to be watchful of this group’s new strategy and that of their sponsors who are bent on disrupting public order in the state, especially as the 2019 general election is approaching. A stitch in time saves nine.