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Adekele vs Oyetola: PDP reacts to Supreme Court judgement



The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state of Osun has said it has accepted the ruling of the Supreme Court that affirmed Gov. Gboyega Oyetola as the winner of the governor’s election of September 2018 in the state.

Mr. Soji Adagunodo, president of the state PDP, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo, said that since the Supreme Court was the highest court on earth, there was nowhere where the party could appeal again.

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The NAN reports that the Supreme Court in a split sentence of five to two on Friday confirmed the election of Oyetola.

Adagunodo said that the minority ruling referred to the constitutional question of the issue, which he said was the most important, while the majority sentence dealt with technical issues.

“Since the Supreme Court is the highest court on earth, we have nothing to say to accept the verdict. “The trial is a divided trial. “The majority trial referred to technical issues and we expected the judges to have requested the lower court’s file.

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“Meanwhile, the majority trial dealt with constitutional issues that are important for our democracy. “The court has ruled and we have nothing to say to accept the verdict since there is nowhere else to go again,” said Adagunodo.

He, however, appealed to party members to be calm and peaceful. Meanwhile, Osun Concerned Citizens, a socio-political group, has described the trial as a victory for democracy and justice.

Mr. Yaya Ademola, the group’s Secretary General, in a statement in Osogbo said the legal battle was over. “Now that the battle is over, Governor Gboyega Oyetola must be magnanimous in victory and make use of the best hands, regardless of affiliation to political parties.

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“The losers should be available for Osun’s largest development project as they prepare for future elections.

“By this means, people are obliged to fulfill their normal obligations while Governor Oyetola takes us to the next level of continuity in social and infrastructure development,” said Ademola.

Also speaking, Mr. Kamil Oyedele, a former member of the State House of Representatives, said the ruling of the Supreme Court was a victory for democracy.

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Oyedele said it was now clear that Oyetola won the election, adding that the opposition party should support the governor for the state to advance.