“Whatever personal differences we have must give way to the advancement of our great State”

Former governor of Osun State,  Gboyega Oyetola says he has accepted the ruling of the supreme court which upheld the election of Ademola Adeleke as the state governor.

A five-member panel of the supreme court had on Tuesday held that the court of appeal correctly reinstated Adeleke as governor.


In a statement on Tuesday, the former governor said he accepts the ruling in the interest of peace and development of the state.

Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, also asked the party’s supporters to accept the verdict as the will of God.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

While he prayed for prosperity for Adeleke’s government, Oyetola urged him to deliver good governance to the people.

“To the Osun Governor, Senator Ademola Nurudeen Jackson Adeleke, I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your victory at the Supreme Court. While I pray for your tenure to be prosperous for our people and the State, I urge you to focus on the delivery of good governance,” he said.

“Politics aside, time has come to let you know that the interest of the masses must be most paramount without any restriction or discrimination whether based on political persuasion, creed or religion.

“Whatever personal differences we have must give way to the advancement of our great State. The security of Osun people must be guaranteed regardless of their religious and political affiliations. I pray for peace and progress in your tenure.”