Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, of Osun State has said he remained the elected governor of the state, the judgement of the state Election Petitions Tribunal notwithstanding.
Recall that the tribunal had on Friday, March 22, declared Sen. Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the duly elected governor of the state.
Oyetola, who spoke in Osogbo while inspecting some ongoing road and drainage projects advised members of the public to ignore the rumours that he had been sacked, saying he was confident of retaining his mandate at the appellate court especially as the judgment of the tribunal was a split decision.
He said the decision of the lower court did not, in any way, affect the validity of his election, noting that since the constitution allowed him to file an appeal against the judgement, he remained the legitimate governor of the state.
“I am confident that our mandate will be reaffirmed at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. As you all know, it was a split judgement, telling us that it was not a unanimous decision. This is part of our strength at the appellate court.
“I must correct the impression that I have been removed from office. I remain the governor of Osun up until all the electoral litigation is finalised. My visit to this site is in furtherance of our commitment to ensuring a better life for all residents of the state and to demonstrate that governance brought about by our government continues,” he stated