Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The World Bishops Council (WBC) Africa has praised the judiciary in Nigeria for its courage in adjudicating with the fear of God the Osun State Governorship case handled by an election petition tribunal.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Council’s spokesman, Bishop Seun Adeoye on behalf of WBC’s Africa Nuncio, Bishop Godspower Akandu, it described the judgment as victory for the judiciary in Nigeria under the present dispensation.
The WBC stated that with the judgment there was now hope for the common man in the country, adding that democracy would now feel a sign of relief.
“Nigeria democracy is almost on the verge of suffocation with what transpired during the last general elections in the country and till now the world is yet to come to term with the heavily monetised and militarised polls.
“It is now clear that judiciary can save the most populous black nation from imminent trouble. It is the Council’s prayers that Nigeria will overcome this moment and enjoy political stability and economic buoyancy.
“WBC congratulates the winner of the Osun Governorship election as announced by the Election Tribunal, Senator Ademola Adeleke and urged Mr. Gboyega Oyetola to take steps necessary as allowed by the law of the country to seek redress”.
The council called on Osun people to maintain peace to reign and not take the laws into their hands.
Besides, WBC urged all Nigerians to be peaceful particularly in the areas where supplementary elections would be held on Saturday, March 23rd.