The Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has called on the people of the state to continue to go about their lawful businesses regardless of the verdict of the election petitions tribunal.
The governor made the call in his media broadcast to address the people of Osun state, restating his rejection of the Tribunal judgment and affirming his appeal to a higher court.
Governor Adeleke observed the discrepancies in the judgment of the Tribunal Chairman, describing the outcome as a miscarriage of justice.
“My good people of Osun State, we have all heard the split judgment of the governorship election tribunal. Two members of the Tribunal delivered two opposing judgments, the Chairman and member one. Member 2, did not deliver any judgment, she abstained.
“The Chairman’s judgment affirmed the claim of over-voting, while Member One’s judgment agreed with our position as captured by the BVAS machines which is the primary source of accreditation data of true accreditation on the day of the Election.
“The reality of my election as the Governor of Osun State is captured in the member one’s judgment. The claim of over-voting in the Chairman’s judgment was unfounded. This was clearly a miscarriage of Justice. Based on the above, there was no majority judgment.
“My good people of Osun State, I am still your Governor. I have the right to appeal the Chairman’s judgment and I have instructed my lawyers accordingly.
“You gave me your mandate, our election remains valid and by the Grace of God, we will triumph at last. I call on you all to remain calm and go about your normal activities, peacefully. Please law-abiding.
“We have strong faith in God and in our judiciary”, the State Governor concluded in his second state address.
Meanwhile, the Counsels to the state Governor have filed an appeal against the Tribunal judgment.
The Counsels have also written the electoral commission intimating it of the appeal and seeking non-implementation of the judgment until the determination of the Appeal.
Meanwhile, The Speaker of Osun House of Assembly, Mr.Timothy Owoeye has congratulated the former Governor of the State, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola on his victory at the Tribunal which declared him as the winner of the July 16, 2022 Governorship election.
Mr. Owoeye in a statement by his media Aide, Kunle Alabi reiterated that the All Progressives Congress APC is a party loved by the masses, saying the judgement is a testimony to the fact that the APC won the gubernatorial election in the state.
Funmi Adekoya/Mojisola Oladele