The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Thursday said Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s Appeal Court victory was an emphatic and clear endorsement of the sound judgment of the election petitions tribunal.
The former governor of Lagos State in a congratulatory message through his media aide, Tunde Rahman noted that the Court of Appeal judgment affirms the state governor and his deputy’s overwhelming victory in the governorship election in the state.
The congratulatory statement obtained by Western Post said: “More importantly, the Appeal Court decision stands for the vital proposition that the rule of law serves to protect the sovereign will of the people when expressed in free and honest elections.
“By this judgement, the appellate court clearly shows that Governor Akeredolu and Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa were the candidates whom the people of Ondo choose to pilot their affairs for the next four years.
“The confidence the people repose in the Akeredolu administration has been well earned and should be wholly respected. I urge Governor Akeredolu to continue to strive and do his utmost in the service of his state and for the welfare of all the people therein, political friend and foe alike.”
The statement, however, stated that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), have exercised their constitutional rights by challenging the election results via the legal process, stressing that they have fought a good fight.
“It’s time to now place partisan politics on the shelf for the moment so that these former political contestants can join hands as much as possible for the good and development of Ondo State.
“I encourage Governor Akeredolu as the governor of the state to also be a unifier who casts his net widely and also provides an open door to all who sincerely want to contribute to the wellbeing of the state and its proud and decent people.
“Once again, I rejoice with Gov. Akeredolu, Deputy Gov. Aiyedatiwa, our teeming APC members in Ondo and indeed the good people of the state over this court victory,” Tinubu said.