Today’s Supreme Court judgement which laid to rest the legal tussle over the September 2018 Osun state governorship election between the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke and Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has sparked mixed reactions among Nigerians on social media.
WuzupNaija reports that INEC had declared Oyetola winner of the September 2018 election after a supplementary poll five days after the main election.
Oyetola’s election was however upturned by the Osun state election petition tribunal which declared Adeleke as the winner. The governor appealed the tribunal’s judgement and his prayers were granted when the Court of Appeal nullified the March 22 judgement of the tribunal.
The Supreme Court in a split judgement on Friday upheld Oyetola’s election as Osun governor.
Some Nigerians have, however, taken to social media to react to the judgement.
Prominent among Nigerians who have aired their views on the judgement is a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode.
Fani-Kayode in his reaction on Twitter described the judgement as a robbery.
“I am not surprised by Oyetola’s so-called “victory” at the Supreme Court. Adeleke was robbed. Nigeria is finished.”
See some of the reactions:
I am not surprised by Oyetola’s so-called “victory” at the Supreme Court. Adeleke was robbed. Nigeria is finished.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) July 5, 2019
Electoral violence and rigging will never be acceptable. Politicians must let the people decide who governs and leads them. I hope we get past this mediocre stage of our democracy as soon as possible.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) July 5, 2019
The collusion between INEC & security agencies in rigging the Osun Gov election has been validated by the Supreme Court. A sad day for democracy.
Adeleke won the election. But INEC, Security agencies & some Justices of the Supreme & Appeal Court betrayed justice.
— Sir.Ariyo-Dare Atoye (@AriyoAristotle) July 5, 2019
Supreme Court has upheld, encouraged and legalized the robbery that took place in Osun. It has murdered democracy in Osun State&denied the people of the state the opportunity to be convinced that indeed their votes are counted.
Sen Adeleke & good people of Osun has been robbed. pic.twitter.com/EJ0QeEHKy7
— Loan In 2Weeks. Confirmed! (@Ike_Grandeur) July 5, 2019
True though. We can’t cherry pick.
If we hailed the SC for Zamfara’s decision, it’s only right we hail them for Osun too even if it makes no sense.
If their decision then was the best, then any other has to be.
I knew those earlier ones were like carrots for bigger ones.
— Thank You EDEN (@SimplyTEEWHY) July 5, 2019
No tears for PDP from me, they wrote the masterplan for judicial travesties like these, the only difference was thinking APC was any better. What happened in Osun in 2018 was exactly what played out in Abia in 2015. https://t.co/FUkzat3ci4
— The Papi (@tawah89) July 5, 2019
@inecnigeria ,@renoomokri @PremiumTimesng @realFFK I think PDP should stop going to court since it’s obvious PMB ve succeeded in making d judiciary his own. Osun election is the height of it…I think there should be election boycott since APC rigs it, Court rules in their favor.
— Onuorahmichael1 (@OnuorahMichael1) July 5, 2019
It is well sha. @IsiakaAdeleke1 ran an amazing campaign & emerges from this with dignity & honour. Congrats also to the people of Osun, who came out to vote for a better, brighter future.
It’s a shame the system has let you down.
Shout out also to @iam_Davido. Proud of you.
— Ose Anenih (@Papadonkee) July 5, 2019
Adeleke loses the Osun election over a technicality caused by the Court
This is why the Democrats wanted to scatter America over the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh into the Supreme Court.
Do you know your SC judges? Do you know their history? Their politics? Their spouses? https://t.co/9QOFTfaVAE
— Ose Anenih (@Papadonkee) July 5, 2019
Electoral violence will only increase if politicians feel they can’t get justice in the court. Horrible precedence, we were all alive, we saw how they “won” Osun.
— Ayobami (@dondekojo) July 5, 2019
What I am seeing this Osun judgement, could it be that Zamfara was a smokescreen? An unintentional “bribe” of sorts to silence the PDP so that they cannot complain about future goings on in the Supreme Court
— Lestat de Lioncourt (@beebayuu) July 5, 2019
The major reason I didn’t bother myself with the #AtikuIscoming narratives despite the obvious irregularities in the 2019 presidential election is because I know Atiku is not coming anywhere, not with the current Judiciary headed by a sharia Judge. Osun outcome is not surprising.
— Olúyẹmí Fásípè 🇳🇬 (@YemieFASH) July 5, 2019
Osun judgement is a confirmation that Atiku’s petition won’t fly at all
— Yemi Adekalu (@GoodYemi) July 5, 2019
With what we just saw from Osun state, the judiciary is in the hands of Buhari and APC.
— Marko April®🇳🇬 (@debbieforsure) July 5, 2019