“I will govern with the fear of God” – Governor Adeleke reacts as Supreme Court affirms him as Osun governor

Ademola Adeleke, the Governor of Osun State has made a new promise.

He promised to govern with the fear of God and service to Osun people following his victory in the Supreme Court.

We had earlier reported that the Supreme Court affirmed Adeleke’s victory in the July 2022 governorship election in the state, ruling against the appeal filed by former Governor Gboyega Oyetola challenging the victory.

Oyetola had asked the apex court to set aside the ruling of the appellate court which nullified the judgement of the election tribunal.

The election tribunal had declared Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the election.

Meanwhile, a five-man panel of the Supreme Court, delivering the judgment held that the Court of Appeal correctly reinstated Adeleke as governor.

Also, a Federal High Court in Osogbo earlier in the day dismissed a lawsuit seeking the disqualification of Adeleke as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Osun governorship election which was held on July 16 2022.

Reacting to the court judgements which were in his favour, Adeleke praised God and assured the people of Osun that his administration will religiously implement the five-point agenda of his social contract with them.

Adeleke who spoke in his hometown, Ede, described the judgment as “a historic landmark in the history of Osun politics”.

“Today is the day our God ordained to stand his authority as the owner and giver of power,” he also said.

He added, “Today is that moment when the will of the people ordained by God survived the anti-masses plot of powerful forces. We, therefore celebrate God almighty. We dedicate today’s victory to Him. State power is of God and he bestowed it on whoever he wishes.

“I will remain God’s driven, divinely inspired, I will govern with the fear of God. Our governorship is an affirmation that we are for the people, by the people,” he promised.

Commending the Justices of the Supreme Court who delivered the judgement, Adeleke said it affirmed the “integrity of my lord justice, your affirmation for the truth and people’s will, consolidate and strengthen our democracy. On behalf of the Osun people, we appreciate you and adore your love for justice and equity.”

Addressing stakeholders in the Osun project, Adeleke described the court judgements as a “challenge, a call to duty, a fresh demand for more dividends of democracy”.

He continued, “I commit myself to more expanded delivery of good governance, in me, you will find a true pro-people governor. I seek the support of all Osun residents and citizens, in respective of party affiliations. This is our state and we must join hands to develop it.

“My appreciation goes to my family. My wives, Titi and Ngozi, and children. To all Imole in Nigeria and abroad. Thank you for standing by me. I want to thank my brother and sister.

“My people of Osun State, the good job continues, we wrap up the implementation of our five points agenda. We shall focus on grassroots development. We shall embark on the agricultural revival of our dear state. Our policies shall fight poverty, insecurity, unemployment, and underdevelopment. You shall truthfully feel and enjoy the dividend of democracy.”

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