Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has reacted to the ruling of the Supreme Court on the September 2018 Osun State Governorship Election.
Naija Buzz News had earlier reported how the apex court nullified the judgement of the Osun Election Tribunal which sacked the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola, and declared the candidate of the PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleke, winner of the poll.
The Supreme Court noted that the judge, Peter Obiora, who delivered the judgement at the Tribunal was evidently absent during hearing of the case and consequently does not have the authority to deliver the verdict.
Atiku in his reaction noted that the Supreme Court ruling was not the end of the political career of Senator Adeleke.
“Those who think this is the end of the road for Senator Adeleke and the PDP in Osun, are greatly mistaken. This is not the end. Not even the beginning of the end. No. Today marks the continued ascendancy of Senator Adeleke and his party in the hearts and minds of his people,” Atiku said.
“I join with people of goodwill all over Nigeria to say to Senator Ademola Adeleke, and the people of the great state of Osun, that we stand with them in good times and in difficult days. The Supreme Court has ruled and because of its judicial finality, the legal case is over,” he added.
“However, the love, acceptance and endorsement that the people of Osun bestowed on both Senator Adeleke and the People Democratic Party (PDP) is not over and cannot be overlooked.
“The great people of Osun had expected that the progress and development that the Adeleke family had consistently brought to Osun will be translated to their governance. That hope is not dead. Only delayed,” he noted.
“I extend my right hand of brotherhood to Senator Adeleke in all his future endeavours and I assure the good people of the state of Osun that the Peoples Democratic Party remembers their love and acceptance and will never forget to stand by them no matter the situation.”
“Finally, I urge the nation’s judiciary to take a pulse of the nation and reflect it. In their hands, God has placed a great responsibility. The duty to ensure that justice is done, irrespective of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be,” the PDP presidential candidate concluded.
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