Alfred Olufemi

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has responded to the Appeal Court Judgement, which nullified the Tribunal’s verdict and upheld the victory of Gboyega Oyetola as Osun State Governor.

The Election Petition Tribunal in its March 22 ruling declared Senator Ademola Adeleke of the PDP as the winner of the governorship election.

Meanwhile, in the early hours of Thursday, the five-member panel of the appeal court led by Jummai Sankey delivered the judgement with three members of the panel agreeing with the lead judgement.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Mr Oyetola of APC winner after a supplementary poll.

Following the Appellate court’s verdict, the two political parties, in two separate statements sent to All Times, made known their next moves.

While the ruling APC expressed their excitement, the opposition PDP spoke of the rude shock the overturn by the appeal court panel dealt at them and their hope in the Supreme court.

“We received the Appeal Court Judgement of the Osun State Election petition of today with a huge shock.”

“Considering all evidences before the lower court and legal points adduced by our legal team at the Appeal Court, we expect victory at the Appeal Court but that’s the beauty of democracy, you win one you lose one and it is not over until it is over,” the Osun PDP Chairman, Soji Adagunodo stated.

Speaking further, he reiterated the party’s hope in the judiciary.

“We have hope in the judiciary, that does not mean that once in a while there won’t be some hiccups in the judicial process, it is understandable and expected that all judges are not the same and they don’t think the same and we believe that at the end of the day the Supreme Court will do justice to our case and victory will be ours.”

“We enjoin our people to be peaceful, calm resolute and have high hope, in the next two months, by the grace of God, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke will be declared as the governor of Osun State and by then the swearing-in of the new governor in Osun State will be the next stage.”

However, In a statement circulated and signed by the party’s director of publicity, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi, the APC said that, “this judgement has put the records straight much beyond the controversy over last November’s governorship election.

“As far as we are concerned”, the APC continued, “we have no doubt about the fact that we are the majority party in the state of Osun and the facts on the ground tell the story eloquently;

“How then could we have lost the governorship election? We may not be able to explain what was behind Adeleke’s performance that he came so close in November.

“Although we won, Adeleke’s score sheet was inexplicably abnormal. In contrast to the election four months after, the opposition’s so-called victory would have been a farce.

“We believe it is time to move on and concentrate efforts on the transformation work that started in 2010 and which the people have mandated Gov. Gboyega Oyetola to continue and improve upon,” the APC said.