Adeleke thanks citizens, vows to reclaim mandate in court
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just-concluded Osun State governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has said that he and his party would challenge the declaration of Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor-elect in court.
Adeleke, who reacted for the first time to the outcome of the election, expressed gratitude to the people of the state for voting massively for him, urging them to remain calm and law abiding until “the stolen mandate is recovered.”
At a press briefing held in the family’s country home in Ede, yesterday, Adeleke said the people of the state had rejected APC with their votes at the poll, insisting that it is impossible to subvert the mandate freely given through alleged manipulation.He stated: “Your mandate was stolen. You have rejected bad governance. You spoke loudly through your votes and the world heard you.
“Your mandate was stolen, we were temporarily robbed of victory. My good people of Osun State, don’t be downcast. By the special grace of God, your mandate will be restored. We will jointly retrieve our stolen mandate.“We will use all legal and civil means, we will unite against electoral oppression and electoral robbers will face justice. So I urge you to gear up don’t be low-spirited. We just had a temporary setback.
“I send my condolence to families of our members who were killed during the supplementary poll. This is a dark moment. I sympathise with others who were macheted and injured. We were under siege.
“I appreciate the international community, domestic and international observers for your impartial coverage. Your reports validated our position that Osun election was violently rigged.”He added: “I must personally convey my sincere gratitude to journalists, both local and international for the risk taking, courage and passion you demonstrated in support of democracy. Our party and members are grateful for your passionate backing. We still need you as we launch the rigorous move to reclaim the stolen mandate of our people.
“To gallant leaders and members of our winning party, I salute your gallantry and dedication to the party. We won through God, your efforts and that of Osun people. We will reach the Promised Land.“Once again, we call on Osun people to be vigilant. It is not over; we must collectively retrieve our mandate.”
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