Itse Sagay, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against
Corruption (PACAC), has reacted to the Supreme Court ruling on Osun
State governorship election.

The court had affirmed the victory
of Governor Gboyega Oyetola o f the All Progressives Congress (APC) over
candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke.

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Sagay
told National Dailies that though the apex court was right to have
nullified the verdict of the tribunal, it should have made an
affirmative pronouncement if INEC was right to have declared the poll
inconclusive and subsequently held supplementary poll.

“The
lesson should be drawn home to everybody that all members of the
tribunal or the court should be present before they can take part in a
judgment,” he said.

“When a judge has conducted a case 90
percent, the judge that takes his place is not allowed to use the
records, he has to start all over again. That is the point the Supreme
Court is making here, and I think I support the decision.

“If
there was violence or something was wrong and you are unable to vote, I
don’t know why it is something wrong in being allowed, on another day,
to vote… I think the Supreme Court should have just completed that so
that the issue would not arise again.

“Ballot boxes have been
carried away. Even if you voted, your result cannot count and then INEC
decides according to its guidelines to repeat election in such a place,
what is wrong with that?

“I think the Supreme Court should have
pronounced on that so that you don’t have a situation where somebody
would pre-judge the outcome of election by creating confusion in some
areas where he is weak and then insisting that those people there should
not have an opportunity to vote and then he wins by only allowing
election in areas where he is strong; that is the whole idea of
supplementary election so that everybody can have an opportunity.

“I think the Supreme Court should have made a pronouncement on that; whether it is right or wrong.”

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