The former governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, has stated that he has accepted the judgment of the Supreme Court which affirmed Ademola Adeleke as the Osun governor in the interest of peace and development of Osun.
Oyetola in a personality-signed statement obtained by AllNews Nigeria on Wednesday said that he accepted the apex court's verdict though it was against the wish of his party's members and supporters.
The former governor also urged members of his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), his supporters and those who voted for him during the July 16 2022 governorship election, to accept the judgement as the will of God and move on.
"We strongly believe we presented a good case before the Supreme Court but the Court thought otherwise and has given its verdict.
"While the outcome is against our wish and that of our party members and supporters, we are all bound to accept it as law-abiding citizens.
"To our members and supporters across the State, I urge you all to accept the verdict of the Court and move on.
"The present situation is a win-win for us. It's both a loss and victory rolled into one. While we lost Osun technically, we gained Nigeria," he said.
He asked the APC members and supporters not to feel sad and depressed over the decision of the Court and encouraged them to brace up for the tasks ahead of the party.
"I also appreciate the leadership of the party in the State and at the national level for their commitment and support throughout the period of the legal tussle.
"I remain committed to the growth and development of Osun."
He maintained that he will continue to work with well-meaning citizens of Osun, associations and institutions to facilitate the development of the state.
Ouetola urged citizens of the state to continue to irrespective of political party affiliations to continue upholding the dreams of the state's founding fathers.
Oyetola was the governor of the state under the APC from 2018 to 2022.
He lost the Osun 2022 gubernatorial election to Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but the election result was held in his favour by the Osun Election Petition Tribunal in January 2023.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja however returned Adeleke as the duly elected governor of the state.
In a landmark judgment on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court and declared in favour of Ademola Adeleke.
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