The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the October 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has congratulated Governor Gboyega Oyetola on his victory at the Supreme Court .
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed on Friday, Adeleke said he has accepted the apex court’s verdict as his ambition to become the Osun State governor was never a do or die affair.
The Senator said regardless of his misgivings and disappointment with the judgment of the Court led by Justice Tanko Mohammed, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, its decision remained final.
“As a democrat and law-abiding citizen, I accept the ruling no matter my misgivings. I wish Governor Oyetola well in the governance of Osun State.
“In all circumstances , we must thank God Almighty. We gallantly fought a good fight in pursuance of a democratic cause. The ideals we fought for live on .
“Our ambition was never a do or die affair . We aspired to serve and deliver democratic dividends to the people of Osun state. Our ambition was altruistic . We wish Governor Oyetola the best in the governance of the state,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the PDP in the last general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar says the Supreme Court’s ruling on the governorship elections in Osun was not the end of Senator Adeleke’s political career.
In a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle on Friday, Atiku maintained that the judgment marked the beginning of Adeleke’s ascendancy going by the love, support and endorsement he received from the people of Osun State.
“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.
“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.
“However, the love, acceptance and endorsement that the people of Osun bestowed on both Senator Adeleke and the @ OfficialPDPNig 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 .
“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,” he tweeted.