As the brigandage, schemed by Obasanjo and implemented by that shameless dreg of a human being called Maurice Iwu happened last April, most Nigerians, beneficiaries and victims of that electoral heist alike, sounded an almost unanimous sentiment that favoured judicial intervention in the entire jaded exercise. To the beneficiaries, this is a time-honoured tactics that would succeed in wasting time, soothe frayed nerve and eventually end up giving judicial cover to the open and naked bizarre robbery. But to the victims of that unconscionable electoral perfidy, the judiciary demonstrated a rare spate of courage in determining some of the extant issues and machinations the forgers of that scam introduced as a prelude to the electoral banditry and would therefore affirm that indeed, time is gone when electoral robbers would go home and enjoy their loot.
So, it was natural that the next stop after the raw anger and bile generated by the electoral robbery had considerably ebbed, all headed to the various tribunals set up to determine the weighty evidences that were openly evident in the open sesame of fraud which the April 2007 election was turned into. Even as most Nigerians, albeit having faith in the judiciary, doubted its capacity to unshackle the huge monument of vice the election was, ab initio, programmed to be, there was this faint glimmer of hope that being Nigerians that witnessed and indeed, were affected by the brazen manner what was supposed to be an electoral contest was turned to one fiendish and deadly warfare that favoured the most astute of vagabonds, these judges would be firm, decisive, expeditious and thorough in helping the country deal with the creeping vice of electoral fraud, which the Obasanjo government and the PDP made an dominant mainstay of the country’s politics since 1999.
One state where open electoral sham was noticed was Osun where redoubtable activist and highly successful former Lagos State Works Commissioner, Rauf Aregbesola was pitted against the sitting governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a staid creation of Obasanjo’s desperate strategy to install his cronies in the South West states so as to create a fiefdom for himself. Oyinlola, who had an inglorious stint as Lagos State military administrator during the Abacha years, nursed a modest ambition to go to the senate in 2003 but was persuaded by Obasanjo to up his ambition to the governorship of the state. This was at a time the state was in political ferment following the brutal assassination of Chief Bola Ige and the determined effort of Obasanjo and his PDP, suspected of complicity in the murder of Ige, to take over the state. Like a soulless marionette he is, Oyinlola agreed, having been assured that the road would be cleared for him to become the governor despite the political tide prevalent in the state at that time, which never supported his success. The rest is now history as this choice lackey was literarily rail-roaded into the Osun State government house in a hurricane electoral sham that saw the man, standing principally accused for the murder of Ige gaining an senatorial seat in that nauseating heist.
When Aregbesola threw his challenge, he was able to mop up the dominant progressive sentiment in Osun that was seething with rage at the manner the so-called election was brazenly raped to return renegades who would have kept a date with the goals were the people in control of their affairs. Aregbesola’s candidacy was a practical hurricane that cut across all borders to wreck the fantasy and the wild hallucinations of Oyinlola that he had been accepted by the average Osun indigene after the electoral robbery of 2003. Aregbesola’s challenge ran the Oyinlola and the PDP camps real ragged as he moved from village to village and sparked an electric connection with the masses that returned with their wholehearted support. But the challenge was to meet the PDP in its desperate best, as it tried all tricks to contain Aregbesola and his burgeoning supporters. All forms of plots and theories were hatched into containing this raging knight of progressive rebirth in Osun but when all failed, Oyinlola and the colony of tired and besotted predators that congregated under the Osun PDP delved on the politics of denial, which was aimed at playing down the challenge of Aregbesola and the wide impact it was exerting in Osun State. The futility of this fact was proven when Ebenezer Babatope a renegade Awoist and political turncoat, confessed after the electoral roguery of April 2007, of how they were almost ran mad by Aregbesola’s campaign and acceptance in
Under the command of Olusegun Obasanjo, a desperate manipulator, adult prankster and apostle of fraudulent impunity, the Osun gubernatorial election, like such similar exercises in the South West and indeed, all other parts of the country, became and anti-climax that was tailored to return all those that subscribe to the tenet that Nigerian political is integrally webbed with corrupt manipulation. This was the tenet that saw Oyinlola returned as governor of
Despite the huge welter of evidence he proffered, Aregbesola was armed with the will to go to any length to expose the genre of racketeers that have seized the country since 1999. So despite the huge costs involved, he enlisted the services of a foreign forensic expert, Adrian Forty, to give scientific fillip to his claim that Oyinlola and the PDP never won the election in
After the test and with the forensic expert ready to give their evidence, the tribunal in very curious and suspicious manner, refused to take the evidence of the forensic experts pleading very watery reasons among which was that the tendering of the evidence fell foul of practice direction and that forensic evidence can only be tendered in extreme circumstances. Another sparse reason was the test was not carried out in
But let us pause to ponder. What has an upright and proper tribunal stands to lose by availing itself of every available variable in arriving at justice? What does a tribunal that aims at doing justice to a case lose by opening its flanks to tap from every indices that may assist it to arrive at truth, which is the main corpus of justice? Why does a party that still lays claim to victory fear forensic proof of its victory? What does an electoral body that thumps incessantly at its vice-ridden chest for doing a fair job stand to lose by subjecting its beautiful job to scientific scrutiny? What does a system; soiled, battered, desecrated and desperately neighing for sanity, lose by letting its flanks absorb forensic input in settling such contentious matters as electoral contests?
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All said, what is happening with the forensic question in