See What APC, Ooni Of Ife Said About Oyetola's Victory

The All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari and other party stalwarts have hailed the ruling of the Supreme Court, which on Fr...

The All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari and other party stalwarts have hailed the ruling of the Supreme Court, which on Friday, affirmed the election of Gboyega Oyetola as the governor of Osun State.

The party also congratulated the governor and the state chapter of the party for successfully “defending the legitimate mandate.”
The APC in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the victory had consolidated the majority status of the party in the country.

The statement read, “This ruling now cements the majority status of progressive governors in the country.

“Undoubtedly a closely-contested election, we commend the apex court’s decision which is in tandem with the choice of the Osun State electorate who voted for continuity and our party’s change agenda.

“The ruling will now allow the Governor Oyetola-led APC administration in Osun State focus on the core business of governance and implementing the many pro-people developmental plans for the state.”

The APC reaction came just as President Muhammadu Buhari also congratulated Oyetola.

“The decision of the apex court lays to rest the tussle over the governorship of Osun State and removes all encumbrances on the path of the governor from fully delivering dividends of democracy to the good people of the state,” a State House statement on Friday quoted Buhari as saying.

The statement, which was signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, added, “President Buhari commends the government and people of Osun in allowing the rule of law to run its entire course, urging them as well as security agencies to sustain the peace.

“He calls on the victorious governor and the ruling APC to be magnanimous in victory and make concrete moves towards inclusive governance as may be necessary.”

Also, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, congratulated Oyetola.

He urged him to be magnanimous in victory.

Lawan, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa, on Friday, described the judgment as victory for democracy, APC, the governor and the people of Osun State.

Similarly, the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, described the Supreme Court judgment as a further testimony that the “judiciary is firmly on course.”

Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, in a statement personally signed by him on Friday, said, “Today (Friday’s) Supreme Court judgment affirming the victory of Governor Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State is a further testimony that our judiciary is firmly on course and works in synch with the people’s aspiration. The judgment has further vindicated the judiciary as unbiased, independent and impartial.”

The immediate past governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, also congratulated Oyetola on his affirmation by the Supreme Court as the duly elected governor of Osun State.

Ambode, in a statement signed by his media aide, Habib Aruna, said it was a well-deserved victory and an affirmation of the mandate given to him by the people of Osun State on September 22, 2018.

He said, “I congratulate my brother, Governor Gboyega Oyetola on this resounding victory at the apex court. It is not only a victory for the APC, but also an attestation to the fact that the judiciary remains the last hope for the common man.”

“With this victory, I strongly believe that it would enable the governor to focus on delivering on his campaign promises and implementing policies that would make life more comfortable for the people of Osun State.”

Similarly, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, congratulated Oyetola.

A statement signed by the Ooni’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, described the Supreme Court ruling as the will of God.

He commended the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, for going through the legitimate means to seek clarifications over the election.

The Supreme Court had on Friday dismissed the appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the September 2018 Governorship Election in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, challenging the victory of Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress at the poll.

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