Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke has hailed the verdict of the Supreme Court yesterday affirming him as the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 16 governorship election in Osun.
The victory comes after Adeleke had defeated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent Governor Gboyega Oyetola in the July 2022 guber election.
The PDP candidate was eventually declared the winner of the polls after amassing a higher number of votes than Oyetola.
Recall that Adeleke’s candidacy was challenged in a suit instituted by a member of his party, Dotun Babayemi.
However, the Osun Governor-elect was vindicated by Supreme Court yesterday.
Reacting in a statement by his spokesman, Olawale Rasheed, Adeleke described the judgement as divine intervention in his project to liberate the state.
He commended the judiciary and the judges for being agents of truth and justice.
Adeleke said: ”As I noted in my statement yesterday, this project is divine and is here to stay. Our people voted for light and we must all defend and sustain that mandate built on our five-point agenda for good governance.
“I call on Governor Gboyega Oyetola to start compiling his handing over notes. The people’s mandate remains sacrosanct”.
In the same vein, the state chapter of the PDP hailed the judiciary for living up to its expectations.
The party leadership, however, stated that Prince Dotun Babayemi who had asked the court to invalidate the primary that produced Adeleke citing non-compliance with court order remained expelled from being a member of the PDP.
The party in a different statement issued by its Caretaker Chairman, Dr Adekunle Akindele on Thursday congratulated Adeleke for winning big at the court.
It stressed that Prince Babayemi had since ceased to be a member of the PDP and warned against any accommodation of the expelled politician in PDP matters.
“As we are rejoicing, we must note very strongly that a mole among us who was an active agent of the APC had since lost his membership of PDP. No organ or affiliates of the party should accommodate him or his agenda again within this party.
“Any member of the party who continues to romance the expelled member risks being charged with anti-party activities and may face appropriate sanctions. We must get rid of fifth columnists by descending heavily on them. We must uproot them and cut down their branches”, the party Chairman stated.
He added: “We once again congratulate loyal party members and the good people of Osun state that the light they voted for has again prevailed. We should all rest assured that a similar victory awaits us at the Tribunal”.