OrderPaperToday – Former Vice President of Nigeria and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has pledged to stand by Senator Ademola Adeleke following a today’s judgement by the Supreme Court.
The Apex court dismissed Adeleke’s appeal against the election of Gbenga Oyetola in the gubernatorial election for Osun State which held last year.
In a reaction to the judgement, Atiku who is currently battling a similar case in the presidential elections promised to stand by Adeleke and the people of Osun State “in good times and in difficult days.”
In a statement on Friday, Atiku said: “The Supreme Court has ruled and because of its judicial finality, the legal case is over. However, the love, acceptance and endorsement that the people of Osun bestowed on both Senator Adeleke and the Peoples Democratic Party is not over and cannot be overlooked.
“Those who think this is the end of the road for Senator Adeleke and the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun, are greatly mistaken. This is not the end. Not even the beginning of the end. No. Today marks the continued ascendancy of Senator Adeleke and his party in the hearts and minds of his people.
“They had expected that the progress and development that the Adeleke family had consistently brought to Osun will be translated to their governance. That hope is not dead. Only delayed.”
He there after urged the judiciary to “take a pulse of the nation and reflect it. In their hands, God has placed a great responsibility. The duty to ensure that justice is done, irrespective of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be.” he said.