Only The People Can Choose Who Governs Them - Oshiomhole

Only The People Can Choose Who Governs Them - Oshiomhole

David Ugbabe

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has described the Supreme Court’s refusal to reverse its judgment on the Imo State governorship election as “not unexpected.”

He maintained that the court is being consistent with the position it took in previous cases while declaring that nobody, other than the people, can choose who governs them, not even the courts.

Oshiomole made this statement on Tuesday while speaking with Statehouse correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He noted that victory should be based on the poll outcome, and where necessary, re-run should be ordered, hence it was undemocratic for the courts to award electoral victories.

He said, “The court should not impose. If the court finds out that the preferred candidate did not win, for me, the only democratic option, the legal option will be to repeat the exercise.”

Although, he described the Supreme Court as imperfect, yet he maintained that it remains supreme.

He said, “Nothing should empower the court to impose a man rejected by the people on the people. That goes to the heart of democracy and it destroys the fabric of our democratic process.”

Therefore, he reiterated that the very best the court can do is to order that the exercise be repeated as it is fundamental when it comes to who actually won the election.

The national chairman concluded by thanking God for the end of the litigation process.

However, in amending the Electoral Act, Oshiomole stressed that in the unlikely event that the people have voted in good faith for a candidate that was validly put before them by INEC, if anybody has any issue with the one that the people prefer and has won, the court cannot impose the person that was rejected.

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