Senator Ademola Adeleke, the current governor of Osun State, says that Gboyega Oyetola, the previous governor, neglected to congratulate him on his win at the Appeal Court.
Adeleke stated she had not heard from Oyetola despite her eagerness to work with the former governor.
On Monday, the governor said this during an appearance on the Arise TV Morning Show.
“I contacted the previous Governor Oyetola as soon as I heard about the Appeal Court (judgment) to ask him to allow us take Osun forward, but he hasn’t called me to congratulate me yet, and I’m still hopeful that he would since we don’t have any communication right now.
We don’t have any other state here other Osun State. So let’s work together to advance Osun State; I’m ready; my hands are open,” Adeleke stated.
When asked what he would want to say to the former governor, Adeleke changed his mind and claimed that he had never phoned Oyetola.
In order to clarify, the governor added, “I did not say I called him; rather, I indicated that I still anticipate him to contact me so that he may congratulate me. If he chooses to do differently and proceed to the Supreme Court, however, he has the right to do that.
On Friday, the Court of Appeal in Abuja upheld Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party as the winner. as the Osun State governor.
The verdict of the election petition tribunal, which had invalidated the governor’s win in January, was overturned by a three-member panel of the appeal court headed by Mohammed Shuaibu, who received unanimous approval. the panel was “wrong to conclude that there was over-voting during the state governorship election held on July 16, 2022,” the Court of Appeal ruled in the tribunal’s favor on Friday.
The respondents (Oyetola and the APC), who drafted and read the lead judgment, have the onus of establishing the claims of over-voting.
The appellate court ruled that it was “inconceivable to assume that the testimony of the witnesses for the respondents had any probative value.”
Adegboyega Oyetola, the state’s immediate-past governor and the second-place finisher in the election on July 16, 2022, has petitioned against Adeleke’s win.
The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Osogbo had pronounced Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the election after subtracting “unlawful votes” from the PDP’s scores. This decision maintained the accusation of excessive voting in the districts won by Adeleke.
Adeleke, however, filed an appeal against the judgment of the lower court, pleading with the appellate court to overturn it and uphold his triumph.