Osun’s governor-elect, People Democratic Party’s (PDP) Sen. Ademola Adeleke, has said that he is ready to defend his victory at the election petition tribunal and retain his mandate.
His declaration is contained in a statement issued on Saturday in Osogbo by his spokesman, Malam Olawale Rasheed.
Adeleke, however, claimed that the election was one of the most transparent in recent history in Nigeria, adding that the people’s mandate, freely given against overwhelming odds, would be defended and validated.
He said in the statement that PDP’s Legal Department was taking appropriate action on the petition and called on his supporters to remain calm.
“This divine victory cannot be stolen through the backdoor.
“We are doing the needful to defend their mandate.
“We also want to reaffirm our faith in the judiciary as a bastion of hope and justice.
“We have unshakeable trust in God that this election petition shall end in another landmark victory for us and the resilient people of Osun,’’ he said.
INEC declared Adeleke winner of the election on July 17 with 403,371 votes to Gov. Oyetola’s 375,027 votes.