Former Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has said that the differences between himself and his successor, Senator Ademola Adeleke must give way for the development of the State.
Oyetola while reacting to Tuesday’s ruling of the Supreme Court which upheld the election of Adeleke said although the verdict of the Apex Court was against the wish of his party’s members and supporters, he accepted it in the interest of peace and development of the State.
The former governor in a statement personally signed by him on Wednesday congratulated Adeleke on his triumph at the Apex court.
Oyetola urged members of his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), his supporters and those who voted him during the July 16 2022 governorship election, to accept the judgement as the will of God and move on.
He assured that he remained committed to the growth and development of Osun, adding that he will continue to work with well-meaning citizens of Osun, associations and institutions to facilitate development of the State.
Oyetola said, “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 noted that the present situation is a win-win for everyone, saying while “we lost Osun technically, the party gained Nigeria.”
Oyetola added: “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 delivery of good governance.
“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.”