Governors Babatunde Fashola, Rauf Aregbesola and Kayode Fayemi yesterday hailed the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), for quashing charges against Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Fashola, who spoke with reporters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on arrival from Abuja, said the acquittal has once again proved that the judiciary is always on the side of the people.
The governor said: “I think the greater benefit here is for the Nigerian people that there is still the capacity for the judiciary to independently assess matters brought before it in a way to ensure that the rights of citizens are not trampled upon.
“One of the findings that the tribunal made was that there seems to be a persistence of harassing the applicant with a series of processes, charges and this is not sustainable in a constitutional democracy. Of course, you will also see that the court was particularly assisted by counsel who appeared on both side.”
Aregbesola said: “The way the tribunal carried out an in-depth and dispassionate analysis of the case has shown that the Nigerian judiciary could be trusted to do justice to all, no matter the issue.
“I salute the men of courage who delivered this landmark ruling that has shown the green light that Nigerians should trust the judiciary to do it right all the time.
“I want to say that the ruling marked a new era when citizens can be rest assured that justice would flow from the Temple of Justice without fear or favour.”
Fayemi, who had earlier described the trial of the ACN leader as “judicial lynching” which may not be unconnected with the 2015 elections, said, in a statement, that the ruling has shown clearly that the case had no basis.
The governor said he had always known Tinubu as a true democrat who has utmost regard for the rule of law, hence would not do anything that will run foul of the law of the land.
“It is absolutely impossible to build something on nothing, hence I am not surprised that the entire case has collapsed like a pack of cards, because really, there was no basis for the trial.”
Fayemi, who said the ruling has vindicated the former Lagos Governor, said the development is a further proof that it is still possible to serve in Government and leave a good name.
He said that there is still need for a comprehensive review of some of the laws of the land that appear primitive.