At the Appeal Court on Tuesday [November 1, 2016], we witnessed a grand yet unsuccessful attempt by Ali Modu Sheriff, Jimoh Ibrahim, Biyi Poroye and their group, to subvert justice by absurdity.
Knowing full well the puerility of their case before the honourable justices, Poroye crafted the most mindless, most wickedest and most bitter petition against the panel as headed by Hon Justice Jumai Sankey, sacrificing humanity and humaneness on the altar of political rascality and recklessness.
As the justices described it, the petition, as heavy as it was, was borne out of ignorance, mischief, and evil-mindedness just to either score cheap political points or obstruct justice or both.
Since they know their case has foundation only on water, they resorted to blackmail and intimidation.
How could a litigant with hope of victory accuse the honourable justices of compromise simply because they decided to grant accelerated hearing to the case based on the fact that the issues before the court is time-bound, if not that such a litigant already knows that his fate is sealed for worse going by facts of the matter?
It is an age-long truism that justice delayed is justice denied. Is it not then to the advantage of parties to a matter that their case be given accelerated hearing?
When a party to a matter begins to attempt to arm twist justices and apply delay tactics, it becomes obvious that even such party agrees that it has a bad case.
This is why I call on the people of Ondo State to remain resolute and confident as that which was done by Justice Okon Abang at the high court would be undone at the appeal court and justice would be done in this matter no matter how long.
No matter who is involved, they did worst things in Rivers, Bayelsa, Ebonyi etc, yet, God gave us victory. That same God is still alive, neither sleeps nor slumbers, nor is tired of fighting for His people.
It does not matter if the next panel of justices come from Kafanchan or Paramaribo, the end result is that, with facts of the matter, Eyitayo Jegede’s mandate would be restored.
What is happening now is a blessing in disguise, they are simply campaigning for us in disguise, making Eyitayo more popular than any campaign would have done for him.
By the time we are through with this process, Eyitayo would surely not need to campaign much as he is already etched indelibly in the minds of the people.
With what I witnessed in the court today, no matter the ferocity of the battle, or how long it lasts, Eyitayo will surely carry the day.
Jude Ndukwe is a political analyst who lives and works in Abuja, Nigeria. He is a member of The Trent’s Elite Columnists. His column is published every Friday. He tweets from @stjudendukwe.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.