An array of reactions to the Supreme Court judgment on Ladoja go thus: NBA: Itís a proof of judicial importance to democracy; Aturu: Itís the greatest thing to happen to democracy; DPA, Afenifere: Itís landmark contribution to democracy; Tinubu: There is hope yet for democracy; National Action Council: Itís an end to gangsterism and hooliganism; Former NBA president Olanipekun:
The judgment has brought Nigeriaís constitution out of the woods; Thisday Newspaper: A vindication of our position; Attorney Genera Bayo Ojo: Weíll obey verdict.
I can go on and on and on. The various reactions from across the country are that of jubilation and commendation. Frankly speaking, Iíve not found anyone that is at variance with the judgment of the lower court except Obasanjo, Bayo Ojo, Sunday Ehindero and Adedibu Akala group. Hence everyone including my humble self is satisfied with both rulings, executory or declaratory.
I am not from Oyo state and I do not intend to be part of the internal politics of the state. But itís rather unfortunate that a state that boasts of leading lights in various endeavors can yet allow an illiterate imbecile like Adedibu to rule them. The same goes for Ekiti state where every family can boast of a PHD holder and yet allow a brat to buy their conscience to rule them. I can not help Oyo state but with my little contribution in support of truth.
The law of the land must reign supreme. Ladoja was elected by the people of Oyo state. Those who argued that his election was rigged and therefore deserves the impeachment, have little or no respect for the rule of law. We operate in a civil society and therefore can not afford to be lawless. Our laws are explicit on issues of electoral irregularities. If you feel aggrieved, you have the option to seek legal redress in a competent court of law. Impeachment is not one of the ways to address electoral irregularities.
The PDP hierarchy cum Obasanjo was fully in support of Adedibu on the treatment meted out to Ladoja, even though some pundits see it the other way round. To buttress my stance, Ahmadu Ali coined the phrase ĎGarrison Commanderí for Adedibu to portray the fact that he was in charge of Ibadan politics and hence Ladoja should take orders from him.
If Obasanjo was not in support of happenings in Ibadan, Akala would not have stepped at the entrance of the governorís office let alone sit on the exalted seat for one day. He wouldnít have gotten the police backing that he used to stage the naked coup against democracy. The Inspector General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, became a law lecturer overnight on the topic Declaratory and Executory Injunctions to forestall the rule of law.
He would fondly be remembered for his inglorious act in the Oyo crisis. The Attorney General, Bayo Ojo who is supposed to be at the forefront of protecting the constitution and due process, used his position to subvert justice to please his master at the Villa. He will fondly be remembered too for his shameful part in the whole exercise.
Obasanjo wanted Adedibuís stooge that he would be able to manipulate to achieve his selfish end. Akala was the willing tool and since Ladoja was seen as anti-Obasanjo he had to give way; and more so Ladoja might not be easily manipulated like the others.
If the rulings had gone the other way round, Ehindero would not have waited a second longer to withdraw the scanty security details given to Ladoja since the celebrated ruling. But now he is foot dragging to satisfy the Otta farmer who is obviously not happy with the ruling.
Itís not that the Adedibu Akala group did not know that they had a bad case especially after the first ruling. It was because of this that they did not file an appeal almost immediately. When an appeal was finally made at the Supreme Court, it was done with hope that the Supreme Court could be influenced by the Aso Rock landlord. Unfortunately, they got the greatest shock of their lives
As the case awaits the final ruling from the Ďhighestí court in the land i.e. ĎHighestí Court of Obasanjo sitting at Otta, and that the duo of Adedibu and Akala has gone for consultation at Otta, the whole world is watching to see how the Egba chief rules on the case.
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Fadipe Ola-----M (Austria) Vienna, Austria. December 11, 2006
The oyo incidents was an act of democrazy by the people and the entire nation.I really felt shame to be reading of all these ugly cases in my fatherland.
My candid advised to MR PRESIDENT is that history would not forget him whatever he does today whether good or bad.The handwriting was boldly written on the wall and all the sensible peoples can read it that all what was happening have the hands of MR PRESIDENT:
Their is an adage that says--a witch that cry last night cannot deny the killing of child today. Obasanjo clearly refuses to acknowledged the congratulatory messages of Ladoja,by telling him not to jubilate now.This was a good picture of his hands in whatever that happens in oyo state.
Yemi Olakitan Lagos, Nigeria December 11, 2006
I do not see why Obasanjo should be blamed for the political intrigues that occur in Oyo State.
Its funny how some put every balme on the man for every and anything that happen in very corner of the country, forgeting that all of us have a part to play.
We forget that from the local government chairman to the local party chairman,to party chieftains and polotical thugs, all of us and all of them have a part to play in shaping our political future,and economic destiny
Blaming Obasanjo for every fly that flies, is arm-chair criticism and lazy thinking plus a lack of ideas and capacity to correctly analyse ploitical events.
In my opinion,the man has done much more to move Nigeria forward, than any other Nigerian President or Head of state.He may err in some areas but he has done tremendoulsy well in many regards.
Jamjam Namdam Yola, Nigeria December 11, 2006
I think the issue is not whether Obasanjo has done much or not. Obasanjo can not claim ignorance of all the happenings in Oyo.
How come a Supreme Court order is not obeyed and yet the people doing this have gone to have a word with him and he granted them audience? Please us open our eyes and see beyond our nose.
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