Following the Appeal Court’s dismissal of his petition on the victory of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the March 2019 elections, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, said that the Supreme Court would confirm his victory.
He said that agents of darkness perfected plans to steal the mandate people gave him and APC.
Adelabu, who urged residents of the state to go about their businesses, said victory was certain for APC.
In a statement signed and made available to journalists in Ibadan yesterday, the APC governorship candidate said the ruling of the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan had rekindled the party’s hope, saying that he kept a date with history.
He said: “The pronouncement made by the Election Appeal Tribunal on our challenge of the ruling of the lower tribunal on Monday has further rekindled our hope in both the electoral and judicial processes in our march to keep a date with history.
“When our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), presented me as her standard bearer in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Oyo State, we never wavered in our conviction that the good people of the state knew that I was the best candidate among the lots that came out to seek their mandate.
“But we never took this for granted as we worked tirelessly round the clock to showcase our blueprint to turn the fortunes of our dear state around for the better.
“It is on record that we ran the most organised and issue-driven campaign and our people, having been convinced of our ability to walk the talk freely, gave me their mandate in the election.”
“However, the agents of darkness perfected the plan to steal this mandate, hence our recourse to the judiciary to proof their wrongdoing.
“The lower tribunal, which concerned itself with technicalities rather than with the substance of our argument, ruled otherwise.
“Now that the Appeal Court has set the tone of righting the wrong, I appeal to the good people of Oyo State to hold the peace and go about their lawful activities as we approach the Supreme Court to validate your victory.
“After the darkness, no matter how long it takes, comes sunshine. Victory is certain for us and the mass of the people of our state.”