Osun: Oyetola pledges inclusive government as Adeleke vows to reclaim mandate 

The governor-elect of Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola has promised to run an all-inclusive government, just as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Sen. Ademola Adeleke, vowed to use all and legal means to upturn the election and reclaim his mandate.

In his acceptance speech in Osogbo Oyetola said he would consult with the party, workers, communities, traditional rulers, the civil society and the people of the state in their heterogeneity.

“I will run an inclusive and participatory government and engage the youth, tap into their ideas and enable them to unleash their creative energy in a positive way.

“I regard the mandate given to me by the good people of Osun as sacred and I am taking it seriously. Of course, I have been part of the new beginning that started eight years ago.

“Nevertheless, in continuing the glorious path on which I am now very familiar, it is a new beginning for me. I am committing myself the more to the good governance of Osun and the welfare of the people,” he said.

The governor-elect described the election as a victory for democracy, rule of law and due process, saying, “it is a victory for the right of every citizen to participate in their own governance which democracy represents.

“It is a positive affirmation of our people-friendly policies and the way we have steered the ship of state, even under the most challenging circumstances.

“This is ultimately a victory for the people of Osun that have been given a voice and a hope of democratic and responsible leadership.”

Oyetola pledged to serve God and humanity and the people of Osun without prejudice to religion, ethnicity, race and ideology.

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He also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for successfully conducting a free, fair and credible governorship election.

In addition to appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC leaders and citizens of Osun State, Oyetola specifically expressed appreciation to the coalition that emerged for the rerun, including Sen. Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Osun Alliance of Collaborating Political Parties (ACPP) that supported him to victory.

Meanwhile, Sen. Adeleke vowed that he would use all available means to upturn the election and reclaim his “mandate”

He said this at a press briefing in his Ede town, urging  his supporters to “remain calm” while promising that no effort would be spared in upturning the results of the election.

The PDP flag bearer urged the people to keep the spirit high and refused to be devastated by the final result at the poll, stressing that the defeat was a temporary setback, but would eventually become victory at last.

He expressed gratitude to the domestic and international observers for impartial coverage of the election, which he claimed was marred by violence, malpractices and irregularities.
Also speaking, the PDP Chairman in the state, Soji Adagunodo said the election was rigged and accompanied with violence.

He lauded the media for their enthusiasm and the passion demonstrated in support of democracy.

From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo
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