By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in the last gubernatorial election, Chief Bayo Adelabu, has confirmed that he is heading to the Supreme Court to claim his mandate.
On Monday, the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan had set aside the ruling of the tribunal on the election petition brought by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Adelabu.
In a statement he personally signed on Tuesday, Adelabu appealed to the good people of Oyo State to hold the peace and go about their lawful activities, saying he is set to approach the Supreme Court to validate his victory.
“The pronouncement made by the Election Appeal Tribunal on our challenge of the ruling of the lower Tribunal on Monday has further rekindled our hope in both the electoral and judicial processes in our march to keep a date with history.
“When our great party, the All Progressive Congress(APC) presented me as her standard bearer in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Oyo State, we never wavered in our conviction that the good people of the state knew that I was the best candidate among the lots that came out to seek their mandate.
“But we never took this for granted as we worked tirelessly round the clock to showcase our blueprint to turn the fortunes of our dear state around for the better.
“It is on record that we ran the most organised and issue-driven campaign and our people, having been convinced of our ability to walk the talk freely gave me their mandate in the election.
“However, the agents of darkness perfected the plan to steal this mandate, hence our recourse to the judiciary to proof their wrongdoing.
“The lower Tribunal, which concerned itself with technicalities rather with the substance of our argument ruled otherwise.
“Now that the Appeal Court has set the tone of righting the wrong, I appeal to the good people of Oyo State to hold the peace and go about their lawful activities as we approach the Supreme Court to validate your victory.
“After the darkness, no matter how long it takes, comes sunshine. Victory is certain for us and the mass of the people of our state.”