The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2018 governorship poll, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has conceded defeat and congratulated Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, on his victory at the Supreme Court.
The governorship candidate, in a statement released on Friday by his spokesman, Olawale Rasheed, said although he was “disappointed” with the apex court ruling, he still wished “Governor Oyetola well in the governance of Osun state.”
"As a Democrat and law abiding citizen, I accept the ruling no matter my misgivings,” Adeleke stated.
He further said that his “ambition was never a do or die affair” but an “altruistic” one.
The apex court had, on Friday morning, affirmed that Adeleke’s major rival in the guber poll, Oyetola, was the true winner after a long time tussle and different rulings in various court sittings.
The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Oyetola winner after it conducted a rerun election in seven local governments in the state.
Although Adeleke won at the first ballot with 353 votes difference, the electoral commission said the difference was not enough to declare Adeleke winner.
INEC ordered a rerun and at the end of the tally of votes, Oyetola polled a total of 255,505 votes to defeat Adeleke who had a total of 255,023 votes. Hence, INEC declared Oyetola winner.
Adeleke challenged the victory at the tribunal, which ruled in Adeleke’s favour, stating that INEC was wrong to have ordered a rerun. Oyetola proceeded to the Court of Appeal to appeal the tribunal ruling.
The appeal court set aside the tribunal judgement and upheld INEC’s declaration. Adeleke, unsatisfied with the appeal court judgement, proceeded to challenge it in the Supreme Court but was ruled against at the apex court.