Former Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, has issued a statement congratulating his successor, Ademola Adeleke, following the verdict of the Supreme Court upholding Adeleke’s election victory.
Oyetola acknowledged that the decision was against the wishes of his party, the All Progressives Congress APC, and his supporters, but urged them to accept the verdict in the interest of peace and development in the state.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered this in a statement issued on Wednesday, May 10.
In his statement, Oyetola also called on APC members and his supporters to accept the judgment of the apex court as the will of God.
Oyetola said: “We strongly believe we presented a good case before the Supreme Court but the court thought otherwise and has given its verdict.
“While the outcome is against our wish and that of our party members and supporters, we are all bound to accept it as law-abiding citizens.
“To our members and supporters across the State, I urge you all to accept the verdict of the Court and move on. The present situation is a win-win for us. It’s both a loss and victory rolled into one. While we lost Osun technically, we gained Nigeria.”
Oyetola further enjoined the APC members and his supporters not to feel sad and depressed over the decision of the Supreme Court, urging them to brace up for the tasks ahead of the party.
“I remain committed to the growth and development of Osun. I will therefore continue to work with well-meaning citizens of Osun, associations and institutions to facilitate development to our dear State.
“Similarly, I urge all citizens of Osun to continue to exhibit the Omoluabi ethos and uphold the dreams of our forebears for the State, irrespective of party affiliations.
“To the Osun Governor, Senator Ademola Nurudeen Jackson Adeleke, I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your victory at the Supreme Court.
“While I pray for your tenure to be prosperous for our people and the State, I urge you to focus on delivery of good governance.
“Politics aside, time has come to let you know that the interest of the masses must be most paramount without any restriction or discrimination whether based on political persuasion, creed or religion.
“Whatever personal differences we have must give way to the advancement of our great State.
“The security of Osun people must be guaranteed regardless of their religious and political affiliations. I pray for peace and progress in your tenure,” the former governor added.
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