Gov. Adeleke opens up to Osun Guber: “I Would Like To Work With Oyetola.”
Osun State’s current governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, claims that the state’s outgoing governor, Gboyega Oyetola, failed to congratulate him on his victory at the Appeal Court.
Adeleke, who expressed a willingness to collaborate with the former governor, claimed not to have heard from Oyetola.
The governor made this statement on Monday’s episode of the Arise TV Morning Show.
“I contacted the former Governor Oyetola as soon as I heard about the Appeal Court (judgment) to ask him to help us move Osun forward. However, as of right now, he has not called to congratulate me, and I’m still hopeful that he will since we don’t have any other states here besides Osun State. So let’s work together to advance Osun State; I’m ready; my hands are open,” Adeleke stated.
Adeleke reversed his position on contacting Oyetola when asked what he would like to say to the former governor and said he never called him.
In order to clarify, the governor added, “I did not say I called him; rather, I indicated that I still anticipate him to contact me so that he can congratulate me. If he chooses to do differently and proceed to the Supreme Court, however, he has the right to do that.
He stated his desire to collaborate with Oyetola once more.
The governor added that he had God and his people on his side and that he was not afraid of the Supreme Court.
According to a Punch report, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja last Friday overturned the tribunal’s decision invalidating Adeleke’s election as the state’s governor.
The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of justices, led by Justice Mohammed Lawal, held that the appeal lodged by Adeleke to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal was meritorious.
The court also fined the All Progressive Congress and its candidate, Oyetola, N500,000 as costs.
The judge concluded that the petitioner had provided the preponderance of the evidence showing there had been excessive voting in the elections.
Also, the court affirmed that “the party alleging non-compliance with the electoral legislation must show its case without solely relying on the rival party’s weakness”
In his ruling, Judge Mohammed Shaibu overturned the tribunal’s decision declaring the results of the governorship elections in July invalid.
The three-person panel overturned the tribunal’s judgment mandating that Adeleke’s Certificate of Return be withdrawn and given to Oyetola, the All Progressives Congress candidate.
The Court of Appeal overturned the tribunal’s decision and proclaimed Adeleke the legitimate victor and governor of Osun State.
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