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Makinde: S/West PDP hails Supreme Court verdict

…insists APC’s petition frivolous, baseless

The South-West chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed the verdict of the Supreme Court over the March 9, 2019 governorship election that produced the party’s gubernatorial standard-bearer in Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde as winner.

The apex court had, on Wednesday, validated the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal that declared Makinde winner of the election and duly threw out the petition of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement signed by the party’s South-West Publicity Secretary, Ayo Fadaka, its National Vice Chairman, South-West Zone, Dr. Eddy Olafeso; Zonal Executives, leaders and entire members in the Zone congratulated Makinde on the victory at the Supreme Court.

The party insisted that in line with its position from the outset that the petition against Makinde’s victory was frivolous and baseless; the judgment of the Supreme Court has consigned the petition to the dust bin.

It noted that the decision of the apex court was consistent with the principle of justice administration and the desire of the people of Oyo State, which they expressed on March 9 by massively voting for the PDP.

The party said: “The National Vice-Chairman, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, the Zonal Executive, leaders, and entire members of the PDP in the Zone hereby congratulate the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Oluseyi Makinde, all members of the PDP in Oyo State and indeed the good people of the State on his victory at the Supreme Court today.

“The verdict of the Supreme Court is consistent with the principles of justice administration and also the electoral desires of the people of that State as expressed in the Governorship election.

“The petitions of the APC and its candidate in that election were not only frivolous but also absolutely baseless. It only betrayed a desire to wish for a harvest where one does not have a farm. Politicians must begin to understand the need to be sportsmanlike when they lose elections fair and square.

“The judicial expedition which ends today was an unnecessary distraction from the APC and we are appreciative that justice prevailed in this matter.

“We, therefore, charge Governor Makinde to continue to fire on all cylinders in the quest to deliver the dividends of democracy and good governance to the people of Oyo State.”

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.