Ondo: How Supreme court’s judgment vindicated me —Jegede
….. We have fought a good fight
The gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the October 10, 2020 gubernatorial election in Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, has called leaders and members of the party to give themselves a pat on the back for fighting a good cause aimed at strengthening and deepening our democratic institutions.
The PDP gubernatorial candidate gave this charge on Tuesday at a meeting with party leaders at the Party’s State Secretariat Alagbaka Akure while expressing his sincere gratitude to God for sparing his life and all the PDP members throughout the journey.
Jegede returned to Akure for the first on Tuesday since the judgement was delivered last week wednesday.
A press statement by Leye Igbabo of the Directorate of Media and Publicity, PDP Ondo State, quotes Jegede to have said he had played his own part and that posterity will not fail to place him on the right side of history.
Jegede said, “Today is a day of thanksgiving and I am thankful to God Almighty and all the members of our great party for their unwavering support and solidarity throughout this journey. I thank you all.”
“You know they said we don’t have a case. They said we jettisoned our 400 witnesses to pursue what is not. But today we have been vindicated by the pronouncement of the Supreme Court. The court agreed with us that there was actual breach of the constitution.
“The judgement has sent jitters into the spines of APC and today cabinet ministers are shouting themselves hoarse over the implication of the judgement. We have fought a good fight and posterity will not fail to place us on the right side of history”
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria therefore appealed to party members to continue to show respect and place hope in the judiciary, insisting that the Supreme Court verdict on the October 10, 2020 gubernatorial case was a tough decision to be taken by the highest court in the land adding that only God is perfect in all things.
Jegede however admonished Nigerian citizens whether high or low, to always respect the laws even if heaven will fall.
“We must respect our laws at all time even if heaven will fall. And of course, heaven will not even fall if we all take it upon ourselves to obey our own laws, no matter whose ox is gored.”
“You see, Americans respect their laws so much and that’s why the country is a pride of all today. Sometimes ago, American President Joe Biden staggered and almost fell two times as he was climbing the aircraft. Nobody came near him because their law forbids anyone to so do if such person was not beckoned to, by the president. If we have made laws, then we must always respect them.”
“Our laws say we cannot sue the governor because of the immunity he enjoys. The implication is that if a governor hits a man and the man dies, he cannot be sued at least for the time he holds sway as a governor. Election matters have laws that govern them, Governor Buni could not have been a respondent, infact, If we had joined him, our case would have been struck out on the very first day.
“But the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and its verdict is final on all matters. I appeal to you to continue to have respect and place hope on our judiciary. Only God is perfect in all things.” Jegede submitted.
Meanwhile, all the PDP leaders and stakeholders in Ondo State have endorsed the leadership of the Party’s gubernatorial candidate Mr Eyitayo Jegede SAN and pledged their loyalty and solidarity to him as a worthy leader who God had prepared for the party at a time like this.
The leaders and stakeholders took turns to extol the uncommon virtues inherent in the man called Eyitayo Olayinka Jegede and promised never to let him down on any occasion. The party’s gubernatorial candidate in the same vein, promised never to disappoint the leaders and members of the party at any time.
Those who attended the stakeholders’ meeting include the State Chairman of the party, Hon Fatai Adams, the Party’s gubernatorial candidate Mr. Eyitayo Jegede SAN and his running mate Hon. Ikengboju Gboluga, Chief Segun Adegoke, H.E Ambassador Omolade Oluwateru, Dr Tayo Dairo, Dr. Gbakinro, Col. Roland Omowa Rtd., Engr Clement Faboyede, Lady Lydia Olafunmiloye, Mrs Olufunlayo Edu, Chief Mrs Folake Sarumi, Dr. Bode Ayorinde, Senator Boluwaji Kunlere, Senator Yele Omogunwa, Sen. Omololu Meroyi, members of the Ondo State Executive Committee of the party.
Others include Local Govt party leaders, LG party chairmen from across the eighteen local governments of Ondo State, United Non-Indigenes group in the State represented by Chief Arthur Richard and several other stakeholders.