Gboyega Oyetola, the Governor of Osun State, in his reaction to his electoral victory on Thursday’s ruling at the Court of Appeal said that the ruling validated the mandate the people of Osun freely gave to him in September 2018.
According to him, his electoral victory proved that there is always a limit to which falsehood and propaganda could be used to suppress the will of the people.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja had nullified the verdict of the Osun Election Petition Tribunal which had in March declared Senator Ademola Adeleke, the PDP candidate in the 2018 Osun Governorship Election, winner of the poll.
“After months of uncertainty and waiting in judicial wilderness, truth has finally prevailed over falsehood and the voice of the majority has ultimately gained dominance over the phony attempts to manipulate justice,” Oyetola said in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Adeniyi Adesina.
“You spoke with conviction; your voice and choice are clear to the world, and the judiciary, the last hope of the people and arbiter of the truth, has proved to the world that it is always on the side of justice,” he added.
“Today’s victory has proved to all and sundry that there is a limit to the extent to which falsehood and propaganda could be used to suppress the truth and the will of the people.
“I would like to thank you all, the good people of The State of Osun, for your robust support and steadfastness throughout the needless periods of political travail and tribulation.
“I am persuaded by your indisputable mandate and the sound judgment of the Court of Appeal that the road to ultimate victory is smooth and unshakable.
“My administration took off on a note of equitable and quality service delivery to the people of our dear state. That resolve is on course.
“I urge you all to be peaceful and to go about your legitimate businesses as we revel in this well-deserved victory.
“I seize this opportunity to once again ask for the cooperation of all the citizens, partners, and friends of the State of Osun as we move forward with the state’s development agenda,” Oyetola stated.
Out of the five judges at the Court of Appeal, only Justice Ita Mbaba upheld the judgment of the Osun Tribunal.
The other four judges; Justices Jummai Sankey, Abubakar Yahaya, Isaiah Akeju and Bitrus Sanga all disagreed with the tribunal ruling.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.