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EU Delegates Visit Aregbesola At Osun State House, Urge Him To File Court Case Over Election Abuse

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EU Delegates Visit Aregbesola At Osun State House, Urge Him To File Court Case Over Election Abuse

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August 11, 2014 – EU Delegates Tell Aregbesola To File Court Case Over Osun Election Abuses During Visit To Osogbo State House

EU Delegates Who Monitored Osun Election Visit Aregbesola At Osun State Government House, Urge Him To File Court Case Over Election Abuse

A team of election monitors from the European Union yesterday urged just re-elected Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to file a lawsuit over alleged abuses committed by security agents deployed to Osun State during last Saturday’s governorship election.

In a meeting with Mr. Aregbesola in Oshogbo, the coordinator of the EU’s election monitoring group, Paul Edwards, suggested that the governor use the courts to seek redress.

The EU’s parley with the re-elected governor took place at Government House, Oshogbo, the capital of Osun State.

Mr. Edwards congratulated the governor on his victory and stated that strict adherence to the rule of law was the surest way to deepen Nigeria’s democracy.

Mr. Aregbesola had accused the security agents, who were deployed by the Federal Government, of reckless acts and the unwarranted use of force. The governor told the EU delegates that security agents had arbitrarily and unjustifiably arrested top officials of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the last few days preceding the election.

In response to the complaints, the EU delegation stated that the best antidote to check abuse of power was to use the courts.

“We are here to congratulate Your Excellency on your victory in the Saturday governorship election. Besides, our mission here is to also find out from you about the conduct of the election,” said Mr. Edwards. He added:

“We have observed the election all over the state and have our reports. In any election like this, there are bound to be issues. But it is our opinion that whatever the complaint you have, you should choose the legal option to seek remedy.”

Mr. Edwards implored Mr. Aregbesola to “rely on the instrumentality of the law” to pursue remedies for the violation of rights suffered by APC members. “Let us always use the legal method to stop the impunity used by one unit of government against the other,” said Mr. Edwards, adding that it was “through this option that we can deepen democratic institutions.”

Mr. Edwards assured the governor that, if he sent his complaints formally, the EU would “take note of it and act accordingly within the framework of law.”

Mr. Aregbesola praised the EU monitors for their steadfast commitment to the development of Nigeria’s democracy.

He stated that the unlawful use of brute force by security agents sent to the state was unfortunate. According to Mr. Aregbesola, even though voting is a small aspect of a democracy, it is sacred and must not be attended by the inordinate use of force. He added that the electorate must have the freedom to exercise their votes without molestation or intimidation.

Mr. Aregbesola deplored how hooded security agents acted with impunity on the streets of Osun State, adding that the agents acted like commandos. He also accused the agents of engaging in widespread arrests and detentions of APC leaders and members.

“Our victory did not come because the Federal authority designed it so but because we were favored by the people as the best party that can serve them better,” said the governor. He added that the deployment of security agents “who took over the administration of security of my state with impunity” had created an adverse situation in the state during last week’s election.

According to the governor, “There was a deliberate attempt at muzzling the people voice through votes.”

Speaking further, the re-elected governor said, “We must prevent the Federal Government from the recurring culture of arbitrarily invading the territory of a unit within the federal structure. This is an abuse of power.”

[Reported By Sahara Reporter New York]

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Dorothy California

    August 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I support d delegates Aregbesola should take jonathan and his touts to court

  2. OmoKehinde

    August 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    To be honest with all the readers of my comment, I’m not a fan of Governor Aregbesola of Osun state in anyway. But it is what it, the good people of Osun state had spoken with their votes that Governor Aregbesola should continue to lead the state. For this sole reason, I’m sincerely congratulating the people of Osun for their courage and determination to made their voices heard during the Saturday’s election despite the intimidation of president Badluck Jonathan criminal security agents. My hope is that Gov. Aregbesola will stay clear of creating religion intoralence and religion conflicts between Osun’s Muslims and Christians. Gov. Aregbesola should focus on economy and physical development of the state rather than spending the people’s money on religion issues. The governor should understand that government has no responsibility whatsoever building shines, masques or churches with the taxpayers money. This is what is called separation of state and religious. Before his term as the governor of Osun state, the state had many religious sanctuaries built by the people of various religion with their private contributions without government monetary help or support. My advice for Gov. Aregbesola is to focus on projects that will benefits all the residents of the state like boasting electricity supply of the state, create jobs for jobless Osun’s youths, rebuilding of falling roads and other physical infrastructures that attract both foreign and domestic investors to his state. Governor re-elect, please stay away from creating religion intoralence and religious craziness with the taxpayers money. As for president Badluck Ebele Jonathan intimidation and election manipulations, his evil plan against the people’s decision will not materialized in 2015. Almighty God who enthrones and dethrone powerful Kings, president (Saddam Hussein, Gadaff of Libya) and other positions of authorities will disgrace and derail Jonathan plan and agenda for the 2015 general election. Amen.

  3. OLU

    August 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    This is the best time to test our legal system; APC shoud stop complaining and begin to challenge the status-quo. Jega’s electoral interpretations should be tested at all levels. This election reminds me of “AL-GORE vs BUSH” election, where AMERICANS displayed the brightest mind of their legal scholars… all the way to the SUPEREM COURT. WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR LEGAL ICONS IN NIGERIA?

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