…this is the judgment Osun people have been waiting for – Oyetola
By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
There was wild jubilation in major streets of Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Thursday following the verdict of the Appeal Court sitting in Abuja which affirmed the victory of the State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola in the September 22, 2019 Osun governorship election.
Various groups within the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) on hearing the judgment of the Court of Appeal, trooped out to major streets of Osogbo amid dancing and victorious songs.
The groups celebrating with Oyetola include; members of Osun Concerned Citizens, Okada Riders’ Association Market Men and Women, Asiwaju Grassroot Foundation (AGF) Oranmiyan Group among others.
The jubilant party members who had converged at the popular Olaiya junction in Osogbo to celebrate the electoral victory later joined the governor who wore white agbada with light brown cap.
The governor who was wearing a happy look was seen waving broom in an open roof ultulity vehicle.
They marched around the major streets of Osogbo amidst drumming, singing and dancing, thanking God for the Governor’s victory at the Court of Appeal.
Addressing journalists during the jubilation, the governor described the judgment as a long awaited expectation of the people of the state.
He said the facts have been revealed by the Appellate court saying he would not be anxious if the Senator Ademola Adeleke decided to approach the Supreme Court.
Oyetola noted that the people of the state, without being prompted, trooped out to join him in the jubilation.
“This is the judgement that the people of Osun have been waiting for. I am happy and the judgement is wonderful. This is what the people want to hear. They came out today without being prompted to rejoice and celebrate this judgment,” he said.
Asked about his chances at the Supreme Court should Adeleke decided to approach it, Oyetola said, ” I am not bothered about that. The facts have been stated already by competent courts. We are ready for them. Even the people of Osun are elated as you can see and this shows that we will win again at the Supreme Court.”
Also reacting on the judgment, the General Secretary, Osun Concerned Citizens, Yaya Ademola, said that APC and its candidate have been vindicated by the Court of Appeal judgment where four out of the five Justices ruled that “the Tribunal ruled in favour of an unpopular candidate and party in Osun.”
Ademola assured the people of the state that the victory of Oyetola would spur him to double his efforts at delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
His words: “You will recall that we reacted with the mass but peaceful protest to the Jankara Verdict of the Osun 2018 Gubernatorial Election Petition Tribunal delivered on Friday 22nd March, 2019 with which a majority of 2 of the 3 member Panel declared Mr. Ademola Adeleke of the People Democratic Party as the winner of the September 22nd, 2018 Governorship Election.
“Although, We are happy that we have been vindicated by the Court of Appeal of majority of four out of five Justices that the Tribunal ruled in favour of an unpopular candidate and party in Osun, we are not excited that we were unduly taken for a ride by the Sakamanje Tribunal Ruling.
“If the PDP goes ahead to contest the Appeal verdict at the Supreme Court, it shall meet its waterloo again and again as nothing can be built on nothing! Osun Concerned Citizens stands for Democracy and Justice. The Appeal Court ruling today, Thursday, 9/5/19, has attested to the Osun Electorate majority decision voting Mr. Gbenga Oyetola as the Governor.
“We therefore enjoin Osun people to go about their normal duties as Governor Gboyega Oyetola drives us to the next level of continuity in Social and infrastructural Development.”
Meanwhile, the state chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Soji said that the party will challenge the appeal at the Supreme Court.
Adagunodo said, “The judgement is based on technicalities which we will address at the Supreme court.
“With evidences we presented, we expected victory but that is democracy at work.
“We are approaching the Supreme court.”