The PDP governorship candidate for Osun 2018 Governorship Election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has said he had instructed his counsels to challenge the appeal court judgement which upheld Gov. Gboyega Oyetola’s election at the Supreme court.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Thursday, the lawmaker said he received the appeal court judgement with dissatisfaction.
According to the senator representing Osun West, the Appeal Court ruling relied on weak technical foundation, while the substantive issue which formed the basis of the lower tribunal judgement was relegated to the background.
He said: “I received with dissatisfaction the judgement of the Court of Appeal on the ruling of the election petition tribunal which had duly returned me as the validly elected governor of Osun state.
“I have subsequently instructed my counsel to prepare for an appeal against today’s judgement at the Supreme Court immediately.
“Today’s judgement relied on a weak technical foundation.
“The substantive issue which formed the basis of the lower tribunal judgement was relegated to the background.
“We are reviewing the full ruling and action has already commenced to appeal the judgement and ensure the eventual retrieval of the stolen mandate.”
Adeleke, however, urged the people of the state not to be downcast, saying that the struggle for good governance and retrieval of People’s mandate cannot be truncated by any flawed judgement.
“We are taking the legal battle further to the topmost court in the land. I am confident the apex court will upturn today’s unsustainable ruling.
“To all members of PDP in Osun State and my campaign organisation, the struggle is now at the most critical stage.
“We cannot waiver nor slow down. We must forge ahead in high spirit until final victory is attained.
“In this endeavour, I promise to provide the leadership as the genuine governorship mandate holder in Osun State,” Adeleke said.