Osun State yesterday, remained calm, as residents received with mixed feelings, the announcement of the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Adegboyega Oyetola, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the next governor of the state.
Though there was no visible case of jubilation across the state, there was equally no report of violence anywhere. Residents just went about their normal business discussing the development.
A visit to the country home of Oyetola in Iragbiji, however, witnessed some people coming to congratulate him, while others throng the house of Senator Ademola Adeleke, to express their solidarity.
Oyetola, in his address to the state, expressed his appreciation to the people for giving him their mandate to lead them. He pledged to fulfil all his electioneering campaign promises but called for their prayers to help him succeed.
“I will run an inclusive and participatory government. I will consult with the party, workers, communities, traditional rulers, the civil society and the people of the state in their heterogeneity. I will engage the youth, tap into their ideas and enable them to unleash their creative energy in a positive way.”
“I pledge to serve God and humanity and the people of Osun with my whole being, without prejudice to religion, ethnicity, race and ideology.”
He expressed his appreciation to all stakeholders who worked assiduously for his victory.
Meanwhile, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has told his supporters and the people of Osun State to remain calm as what he described as their stolen mandate, will be restored through legal means.
Addressing newsmen in his country home, Ede, yesterday, Adeleke, who expressed his confidence in the judiciary, promised to secure his mandate through legal means.
“Your mandate was stolen, we were temporarily robbed of victory, my good people of Osun State, don’t be downcast. By the special grace of God, your mandate will be restored. We will jointly retrieve our stolen mandate.
“We will use legal and civil means: we will unite against electoral oppression, electoral robbers will face justice. So I urge you to gear up, don’t be low spirited. We just had a temporary setback.
“I send my condolence to families of our members who were killed during the supplementary poll. This is a dark moment. I sympathise with our members who were injured. We were under siege.’’
Adeleke appealed to the people of the state to remain calm and go about their lawful businesses.
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