Recent sponsored publications by Iyiola Omisore, the Senator representing Ife East Senatorial DistrictÂ in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, have generated lots of furore quite undeservedly. ItÂ is worrisome to observe that the general populace is being short-changed again through an orchestratedÂ plan by some crooks whose means of existence has definitely been nothing but crookedness. The mostÂ worrisome aspect of it is that the top echelon of the judiciary is involved in this macabre danceÂ deliberately suffocating itself to please the god of filthy lucre.
In The Guardian and Thisday newspapers of January 11th and 13th, 2011, Omisore, in most recklessÂ publications of all times, cast indescribable aspersions on Justice Ayo Salami and the five JusticesÂ of the Court of Appeal, who sat on the election petition appeal of Aregbesola v. Oyinlola, calling theÂ respected jurists all sorts of gutter names and accused them of selling the judgment to Asiwaju BolaÂ Ahmed Tinubu and the Action Congress of Nigeria for the sum of N5 billion. Following this unfortunateÂ publications, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. J. B. Daodu, did a further damage toÂ the judiciary by declaring that 85% of the Justices of the Court of Appeal are corrupt and thatÂ Omisoreâ€™s allegations are true. Although J. B. Daodu later denied the story which was reported inÂ several newspapers, the National Mirror newspapers has stood by its report awaiting J. B. Daoduâ€™s nextÂ line of action.
As promised by Omisore that the last had not been heard of the Osun gubernatorial appeal decision, theÂ National Judicial Council has announced its decision to elevate Justice Ayo Salami to the SupremeÂ Court of Nigeria. It is on record, and this has not been impeached, that one of the most incorruptibleÂ judges Nigeria has ever produced and may ever produce, is Justice Isa Ayo Salami. Never in his careerÂ has anybody alleged corruption or corrupt motive to his judgments or administrative decisions untilÂ the ill-begotten paid advert of Omisore. Rather than the judiciary checking the wagging tongue ofÂ Omisore, the National Judicial Council, presided over by Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu, has decided toÂ tear the Court of Appeal into shreds simply because its darling non-performing but usurper governmentÂ of Oyinlola was removed by the court and the life ambition of Omisore, its political representative inÂ the Senate, to be governor of Osun State has been truncated by the decision of the court of Appeal.
For Godâ€™s sake, Omisore is not a party to the election petition but is just a miserable loser whoÂ actually financed the most miserable decision of Ali Garbaâ€™s re-trial election petition panel thatÂ awarded Oyinlola victory in a manner inconsistent with all principles of law governing electionÂ petitions! The same Omisore laid down the shameful record of contesting an election while in prisonÂ and standing trial for murder without campaigning and rose to occupy a seat in the Senate of aÂ shameless country like Nigeria. It is only in Nigeria where people like Katsina-Alu preside over theÂ judicial future of others that such unenviable feat can be performed by an individual like Omisore.
Fellow Nigerians, Iyiola Omisoreâ€™s allegations of corruption and perversion of justice againstÂ Justices Isa Ayo Salami, Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, C. C. Nweze, Paul Galinje, Adamu Jauro and Lawal GarbaÂ were based on five cases, namely: Lasun v. Awoyemi, Omoworare v. Omisore, Aregbesola v. Oyinlola andÂ Fayemi v. Oni. He alleged that in the four cases mentioned, the PDP was unfairly treated. One wondersÂ what better treatment this character is looking for in these cases as two of the cases were actuallyÂ decided in favour of PDP while two went against PDP.
In Lasun v. Awoyemi, an election petition in which the Appellant, an Action Congress candidate,Â challenged the election of the PDP candidate, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi did not declare the ACÂ candidate the winner of the election contrary to the prayer of the AC candidate but rather ordered aÂ retrial of the case by another tribunal. All through the re-trial period and till this moment, the PDPÂ honourable, Leo Awoyemi, is still occupying the Osogbo/Orolu/Irepodun Federal Constituency. TheÂ re-trial tribunal of Ali Garba threw out the petition of AC despite the volume of evidence that showedÂ clearly that the PDP candidate did not win the election. We are still waiting for the decision of theÂ Akure Division of the Court of Appeal which heard the AC appeal in December, 2009 but has notÂ delivered its decision till this moment.
In Omoworare v. Omisore, despite the avalanche of evidence that showed that the same Iyiola OmisoreÂ rigged his way into the Senate, the Naron tribunal denied AC justice and on appeal, Justice Clara BataÂ Ogunbiyi, who presided over the appeal, did not declare AC the winner of the election but ordered aÂ re-run which AC boycotted due to pendency of two cases at the Federal High Court, Lagos, in which ACÂ was contesting the validity of the re-run election if it were to be conducted without a valid votersâ€™Â register in December, 2009 as INEC, under Iwu, had planned to do and if it were to be conducted byÂ INEC whose composition was grossly below the constitutional quorum. With AC boycotting the re-runÂ election, Omisore had an easy ride back into the Senate through an election conducted in utterÂ contempt of court as judgment on whether INEC had the capacity to conduct the re-run election when itÂ was lacking in constitutional quorum was not yet delivered by Justice A. M. Liman of the Federal HighÂ Court, Lagos.
In both cases above, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi was a member of the Court of Appeal Division sittingÂ in Ibadan where the cases were to be automatically decided as all appeals from Osogbo must go toÂ Ibadan at that time before the recent creation of the Akure Division. The posting of Clara BataÂ Ogunbiyi to the Ibadan Division was done under Justice Abdullahi, the former President of the Court ofÂ Appeal and long before Ayo Salami became the President of the Court of Appeal. One wonders where theÂ fault of Salami arose from in the posting of Clara Bata Ogunbiyi. Yet Omisore complained against theÂ decisions of Ogunbiyi that clearly favoured him and his party.
In Fayemi v. Oni, a decision which followed Oshiomhole v. INEC and Agagu v. Mimiko, it was clear thatÂ Fayemi won the election by preponderance of evidence. It would take a jaundiced tribunal of the mostÂ deplorable to award the decision to Oni.
As a prelude to the decision in Aregbesola v. Oyinlola, it must be appreciated that, probably asideÂ from Awolowo, the most cheated but popular political redeemer of his people, is Aregbesola whoseÂ victory at the election was clearly testified to by the clarity of evidence led at the two differentÂ tribunals that heard the case and the two panels of the Court of Appeal that considered the appealsÂ arising from the case. While Oyinlola, whose election was nullified has resigned himself to fate andÂ is praying for forgiveness over all the atrocities he and his supporters perpetrated during theÂ election and the mis-governance to which he subjected Osun State, the weeping gnome (egbere) in theÂ person of Omisore has rent the air with his cries attempting to tear our eardrums through hisÂ ululating contemptuous libels. Why are we this unlucky as a people?
It must be noted that the cases of Oshiomole v. INEC and Agagu v. Mimiko were decided by Justice UmaruÂ Abdullai and not Isa Ayo Salami. These cases have been worthy precedents in any society whereÂ electoral justice is appreciated as sine qua non to progress and development.
We are aware of the connivance among the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloysius Katsina-Alu, J. B. Daodu,Â Iyiola Omisore and the PDP. Never in the history of Nigeria has the Supreme Court shamelesslyÂ entertained an application in a matter in which it has no jurisdiction until the reign of Katsina-AluÂ when the Supreme Court, in the Sokoto election petition case, dabbled un-meritoriously into a case inÂ which it had no jurisdiction and denied the Court of Appeal its constitutional status as the finalÂ court in such election petition.
We have it on good authority and are ready to prove it at the appropriate time, that Katsina-Alu aidedÂ the Sokoto Governor in its attempt to bribe the Justices sitting on the Sokoto appeal but theÂ incorruptible Justices refused. Katsina-Alu then directed the Sokoto bribe givers to approach AyoÂ Salami to help them in talking to the Justices sitting on the case but Salami refused to compromiseÂ his conscience. Since then, Katsina-Alu and his crony NJC members have been looking for an opportunityÂ to deal with Ayo Salami but knowing full well that an adverse step might be devastating against them,Â have decided to transfer, (not elevate) Ayo Salami to the Supreme Court so that he could pave way forÂ them to replace him with someone who will be more amenable to their dictates. This is terrible!
Omisore is lamenting the huge sums of money he had spent towards obtaining nomination by PDP as itsÂ governorship candidate in Osun State in 2011. He once boasted that he had more than 20 billion nairaÂ he could waste on the 2011 governorship election without batting an eye-lid and any opponent who wouldÂ engage him would definitely sell his life to the devil.
Now, for Nigerians to be aware, the plan by Justice Katsina-Alu, Iyiola Omisore, J. B. Daodu and theirÂ cohorts in PDP is to wrongfully indict the incorruptible Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi and the membersÂ of her panel upon which Katsina-Alu would then entertain a fraudulent application by Omisore and orderÂ that Aregbesola should vacate the office of Osun State Governor and a re-run election be conductedÂ immediately thereby paving the way for Oyinlola to come back, complete his illegal tenure and forÂ Omisore to be able to contest and be foisted on the hapless people of Osun State.
But, please, NOTE! Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable. AnyÂ attempt, we repeat, any attempt to apply the unfortunate Sokoto tactics of Katsina-Alu would lead toÂ nothing but total war. This is not a threat but a solemn promise.
A word is enough for the wise.
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