Oyetola would return to office to continue as Osun Governor before July 5 this year, according to Timothy Owoeye, Osun State House of Assembly Speaker.
Owoeye, who spoke at the inauguration of the Osun State branch of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council in Osogbo on Thursday, further noted that the defeat suffered by the All Progressives Congress in the July 16 Osun governorship poll was a temporary setback.
He then urged members of the party to work for the victory of Tinubu and other APC candidates in the 2023 general elections.
According to him, “In 2019, the Supreme Court gave its final verdict on July 5, affirming the victory of Oyetola as the governor. If you know them, go and tell them that before July 5, 2023 Oyetola will be returned as Osun Governor.
“They thought they could manipulate the results of the election in their favour, but we thank God that the results of the Bimodal Voter’s Accreditation System (BVAS) exposed them.
“So, Please, the presidential election is very important to us and we want you to begin to mobilize our people to vote massively for our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima and all other candidates of our party.”
According to Punch report, in his remarks before inaugurating the campaign council, Oyetola extolled the leadership qualities of Tinubu, describing him as a genius and a problem solver.
Oyetola, while tasking members of the party to remain resolute and united, also expressed delight in the firmness of the party’s structure and commitment of the leadership and members of the APC in the state.
He commended the loyalists of the party for their unalloyed support, loyalty in the face of daunting challenges, and for continually remaining resolute to the cause of progressivism especially since after the July 16 governorship election in the state.
Reacting to a statement credited to Hon Owoeye that Mr Oyetola will return as Governor on July 5th, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) , Dr Adekunle Akindele and the Director General of Atiku Okowa Campaign council in Osun State, Hon Sunday Bisi in a press release made available to newsmen accused the House Speaker of betraying his oath office, undermining sanctity of state authority and colluding to destabilize a state where he is heading an arm of government.
“We at first decried the failure of the Speaker to respect the office he is occupying, to rise above petty partisan politics and to tell the truth to Mr Oyetola who of recent has been listening to devil’s whispering. We condemn in no small measure the lack of courage and demise of statesmanship demonstrated by the House Speaker who today openly revolted against the will of Osun People and who has unashamedly embraced ignoble falsehood and propaganda of a defeated Oyetola.
“We had thought the House Speaker has risen to act like a statesman like former American Vice President, Mike Pence, who at the most critical moment faced up to his boss, Mr Trump, to tell him that Americans voters are Supreme to a sit-tight leader who was ready to destroy democracy. Unfortunately, Mr Owoeye today failed the test as rather than faced the election denier, the small Trump of Osun, he weakly adopted the path of little tyrants who detest the people and all what democracy represents.
“We are at the same time alarmed that a sitting House Speaker has openly exposed a sinister agenda to undermine the integrity of the judiciary by making proclamations on a matter that is subjudice. We want to put it on record that it is against protocol, against democratic sense of judgement and against all civilized norms to pre-empt judicial outcomes. The House Speaker should apologize to the judiciary, retract his reprehensible statement and summon courage to exit puppet garb of supposed leader who is worshipping at the feet of a man incapable of listening to the voice of God.
“As a political party, we are convinced and rightly so that the Speaker’s fanciful wish is a grand hallucination. Governor Ademola Adeleke is a duly elected Governor of Osun State who was robbed in 2018 but whose victory was widely confirmed and validated in 2022 by God, the people and even the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, the leader of the Speaker’s party.
“In case the House Speaker is also listening to Devil’s whispering, we affirm that the voice of the people is the voice of God. In case the Speaker is only massaging Mr Oyetola’s ego, we urge him to be a Mr Pence, telling the truth to Turmpists. If Hon Owoeye is however serious about his unpopular outburst, let him know that nobody rises against the people and win. The people rule and they are solidly with Governor Ademola Adeleke”, the statement noted.
Calling Osun people to rebuke the APC at the ballot in February, the statement reminded the people of Osun of the lies and deceit of the APC as a party that brought untold hardship on the state and Nigeria as a whole, asserting that rejecting the APC at all levels is the best response to a gang hell bent on sustaining their evil reign on the nation.
“Reject them at the polls in February by voting PDP candidates at state and national levels. Send them packing as you had done in Osun. Rebuke them and let them know that Imole must shine across the country”, the statement concluded.