Osun Tribunal: Finally, Atiku Reacts to Verdict, Issues Strong Statement

Osun Tribunal: Finally, Atiku Reacts to Verdict, Issues Strong Statement

  • The Osun state gubernatorial election tribunal has been rejected by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential bannerman of the Peoples Democratic Party
  • According to Atiku, the Saturday, July 16 gubernatorial election was freely and fairly conducted
  • He, however, pledged his support to Governor Ademola Adeleke while he undergoes his current ordeal

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Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has downplayed the verdict of the Osun state gubernatorial election tribunal.

The Adamawa-born politician who reacted via a statement said the election was free and fair noting that the people of Osun voted massively for Governor Ademola Adeleke.

Atiku, Adeleke, Osun Tribunal
Atiku Abubakar has pledged his support to Governor Ademola Adeleke while assuring him that he will stand by him till the end. Photo: Atiku Abubakar
Source: Twitter

As reported by the Nigerian Tribune, Atiku's statement reads:

“On today’s verdict of the Election Petition Tribunal in Osun State, I stand in solidarity with the good people of Osun State who overwhelmingly voted for the Peoples Democratic Party and gave their mandate to His Excellency Governor Demola Adeleke.”

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Atiku who has once been in the shoes of Governor Adeleke but in wholly different circumstances said the verdict of the tribunal is just one of the adversities one must face in attaining true democracy.

Osun tribunal verdict: Justice will prevail, says Atiku

He noted that the PDP and Governor Adeleke will have the last laugh and the people's mandate will be restored.

Atiku said:

“What has happened at the tribunal today is a phase in the struggle to liberate Osun State and I am sure that at the conclusion of the whole process, the people shall be victorious.
“I, therefore, call on the people of Osun to continue to have faith in their governor elected into office on the popular ballot.
“This light that has shone on Osun shall never go dim.”

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Meanwhile, Atiku reiterated his undoubted support for the governor while stating that he will be with him till the end until his true democracy is restored in the state.

Atiku on the other hand will be looking to clinch victory at next month's presidential polls where he will do battle with youth's favourite, Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) whom many has tipped as the top favourite to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

Source: Legit.ng

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.

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