(OPINION) Backdoor Victory Is No Victory At All
By Oniobo Ofegor Collins (mnim)
It is in public domain, the way and manner the Judiciary arm of government which is the beacon of hope, has been reduced to it’s lowest ebb by the Executive. This is a system that has been in place over the years but was, however, worsened by the current administration of President Mohammadu Buhari (GCFR) since inception in 2015.
During the 2018 Presidential primary of the PDP, Alh. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, an aspirant in the Party then, publicly apologized to former President Goodluck Jonathan (GCFR) for leaving the PDP and helping to enthrone a tyrant and clueless man to become President of Nigeria. He said he thought Jonathan’s government was the worst in Nigeria’s recent history, he never knew or believed there would be a government worse than that of Jonathan.
This is a scenario that is about to repeat itself here in Delta state, if we are not all careful.
Following the overturn of the victory of former Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo state, by the Supreme Court, there were public outcry that encompassed the entirety of the state demanding ‘justice’ from the same arm of government that was pressured into giving a judgement that didn’t go down well with most Nigerians of goodwill.
One begins to wonder how a Party which didn’t come second was made winner of an election by the Supreme Court, that was publicly adjudged to be fair and credible by INEC. Now, there’s no meaningful progress in Imo state since Gov. Hope Uzodinma held sway in that capacity.
Through the ballots, the APC in Delta state will record little votes across the state. It’s a fact. However, due to the nature of it’s candidate Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, the current Deputy President of the Senate, to dubiously use instruments of State and other ill-means to snatch the will and hope of the majority of the people, then Deltans need to wear the highest cover of alacrity because it’s obvious this will be the case in few months time.
APC have lost more elections on ballot to the PDP. It is due to the pressure of the federal Executive arm of State, that it secures funny Judicial verdicts across Nigeria. Such victory is no victory at all.
Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori is the popular choice of majority of Deltans and as they say, Greatest happiness of the greatest number is a good and just verdict.
The judiciary, is therefore, urged to be resolute and firm in it’s quest to be independent and to redeem it’s image. In few African Countries, their apex Courts have given verdicts against either the ruling Party or their Presidents so Nigeria shouldn’t and won’t be an exception.
I, therefore, urge the PDP and indeed Deltans, to vote Sheriff as Governor and also stand by their votes during the impending legal tussle that is most likely to emerge after the gubernatorial election next year.
PDP is the way.
PDP is the only way.
PDP is the right way.
Oniobo Ofegor Collins (mnim) National Coordinator, Movement for Nigerian Greatness (MNG)