BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
Moves to stop the inauguration of Osun State Governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke have failed, the People’s Democratic Party in the state has said.
The party said a court action was filed by those it described as “some agents of darkness” to stop the inauguration of Adeleke on Sunday, describing the move as “a failed distraction against the will of the people.”
According to a statement signed by Akindele Adekunle, State Caretaker Chairman of the party, some paid agents of destabilisation had approached the Federal High Court, Osogbo seeking an order to stop the swearing-in programme slated for Sunday.
“His lordship, Justice Emmanuel, in his wisdom declined granting the order, adjourning the case to Thursday to explain why the swearing-in must stop,” the statement revealed.
While condemning the said moves, Adekunle said, “it beats imagination for any sound mind to even contemplate halting a democratic constitutional process. The greed for power is driving some defeated politicians into electoral insanity.
“It is perplexing and truly reprehensible to imagine a repeat of a day when officers of law will apply to destroy the product of a legitimate electoral process. It is not just sad for democracy but equally a task for the legal practitioners disciplinary council to take up.
“We call on the legal disciplinary committee to summon the affected lawyers for disciplinary encounter. There must be a red line. To surrender oneself as a tool to destabilise democracy should warrant disciplinary action from the bar,” he posited.
The party commended the judiciary for resisting the pressure “from little tyrants who hates the ballot and are prepared to truncate the will of the people,” affirming that “the judiciary in this instance and others has proven to be a protector of the democratic process.
“We commend the amiable Chief Judge of Osun state, the judges across the bench and other officials of the bench. We must all continue to defy agents of darkness in their rabid bid to destroy our nascent democracy,” the statement concluded.