It was jubilation galore in Osun state after Supreme Court today affirmed the election of Ademola Adeleke as Governor of the state.
Residents in their hundreds trooped into the streets of Osogbo, Ede, and other major towns in Osun, singing and dancing to the victory.
The Supreme Court today affirmed Gov Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the July 16 governorship election in the state.
Justice Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, who delivered the judgement, ruled that former governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, who challenged the victory of Adeleke, based all his allegations against the election on unfounded hearsay.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that residents were also seen in convoys of vehicles with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag at Dada Estate and Lameco roundabout in Osogbo celebrating the Supreme Court verdict.
In an interview with NAN, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Adedeji Oluwafemi, said that before the verdict of the court, he was optimistic that Adeleke would be declared the winner.
Oluwafemi said: “The Court of Appeal judgement and the Supreme Court, which is the apex court of the land, have indeed restored hope to every Osun citizen.
“With the conclusion of litigation, the governor will now settle down and focus on human and capital development that will add value to the state and the lives of its people.
“He has done credibly well since his inauguration as Governor of Osun, and I believe he will do better than what many expect.”
Also, Mr Samuel Efunkunle, a PDP supporter, expressed happiness over the apex court’s judgement and prayed to God to grant Gov Adeleke the required wisdom and knowledge to govern the state well.
Efunkunle called for the support of all stakeholders in the state to ensure that the present administration performs better than the previous one.
Similarly, Mrs Mary Ogundayo and Miss Comfort Adeyemi, both residents of Rinsayo Estate in Osogbo, thanked God for the Supreme Court verdict that upheld Adeleke’s victory.
They appealed to members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to join hands with Gov Adeleke to ensure that the state attained heights of greatness.
NAN further reports that some market women and men gathered at the Dada Estate market, dancing and singing songs of happiness and joy over the Supreme Court’s affirmation of Gov. Ademola Adeleke’s victory.