Former Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola accepted the Supreme Court’s ruling Tuesday upholding the election of Senator Ademola Adeleke as State Governor.
Oyetola, in a statement personally signed by him, said that although the Supreme Court’s decision was against the will of party members and his supporters, he accepted it for the sake of peace and state development.
The former governor urged members of his political party, the All Progressive Congress, APC, his supporters, and those who voted for him in the July 16, 2022, gubernatorial election, to accept the verdict. decide to do the will of God and move on.
“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,” he said.
Oyetola, who has appealed to APC members and supporters not to feel sad and disheartened by the court’s ruling, encouraged them to prepare for the tasks ahead. He also appreciated the party’s leadership at the state and national levels for their commitment and support throughout the legal impasse.
“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,” Oyetola added.