OrderPaperToday – The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Atiku Abubakar has congratulated Ademola Adeleke, the party’s candidate Osun state gubernatorial election.

Adeleke lost to election to APC’s Gbenga Oyetola in a rerun election that took place on 22nd of September, 2018.

Since then, Adeleke had vowed to reclaim his mandate .

A tribunal court in Abuja on Friday held that Adeleke won the election.

Reacting to this development in a statement released by his spokesperson, Paul Ibe on Friday, Atiku applauded the judiciary describing them as “the defender of Nigeria’s democracy.”

According to the former vice-president, the restoration of the “stolen mandate of Senator Adeleke shows that indeed the judiciary is the last refuge of the common man and that in truth, those who were aggrieved and resolved to maintain the peace, have been vindicated.”

He praised Senator Adeleke, the PDP and men and women of goodwill in Osun State, “who did not waver in their commitment to retrieve the stolen mandate.”

He added: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy has come for the people of Osun.

“The judgment has rekindled hope and confidence that those whose mandate had been tampered with or denied can look forward to justice being done to them.”

Abubakar urged the judiciary to “remain steadfast as the eyes of all Nigerians and indeed the whole world are on them to help ensure that democracy in Nigeria is put on a solid foundation.”

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