Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former President has reacted to the declaration of Senator Ademola Adeleke, as winner of the 2018 governorship election on Friday, by the state governorship election tribunal.
According to ThisDay news, Obasanjo said that Adeleke’s electoral court victory against the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola have saved Nigeria a national embarrassment.
The former President who was away in Dubai attending the Global Education and Skills Forum meeting, stated in the congratulatory message he sent to Senator Adeleke.
He also commended the Tribunal for its courage in nullifying what he described as “clearly an illegality”.
He said; “This action by the judicial officers, albeit a first step in the legal process, gives renewed confidence in the judiciary at a time when there are coordinated efforts by some political leaders to undermine, if not destroy it.
“As I have repeatedly said, the world is watching with keen interest. What we do or do not do right in our electoral process will have implications, not just for Nigeria, but for Africa and, indeed, the world.
“By correcting what was clearly a desperate attempt to change the will of the Osun people, the tribunal has saved Nigeria from great embarrassment and started the process of saving and strengthening our democracy. This is the right and proper thing to do in any decent society.
“Going to court must be encouraged as some people are now attempting to do.”