By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
The battle over who is the real winner of the disputed July 16, Osun governorship election has been laid to rest by the affirmation of Governor Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the duly elected Governor of the State.
The calm city of Osogbo, the State capital was thrown into a frenzy of some sort immediately the Apex Court sitting in Abuja affirmed the victory.
As the clock ticked towards 2pm which was time set for the judgement, the town became tensed, as people were apprehensive as to where the pendulum would swing.
By 2pm, the atmosphere within the government secretariat became more tensed as people monitored proceedings through different media–radio, television online, social media phones.
At about 2:45pm, wild jubilation began to erupt from different sections of the secretariat, as Governor Adeleke was confirmed as the rightful winner of the July 16 gubernatorial election. The joy of civil servants knew no bound.
As the Apex court ruled in favour of Adeleke, the people could not hold back their joy in celebration of the Judgement which meant that their votes were not wasted.
Soon after the good news filtered into the town, our correspondent went out to feel the pulse of the ancient town of Osogbo. From the popular Aregbe junction to Orita Olaiya down to Ajegunle and Igbona market residents were seen dancing in celebration of the Judgement.
The excited residents could not hide their joy as they took to the streets and major roads drumming and dancing with the PDP flags in their hands.
Some market women in Igbona on sighting the crowd started chanting “Imole, Imole, Imole” with different songs of the PDP rending the air.
Also at Aregbe and Abere areas of the state, jubilant young men and women were seen beating drums, while disco sets were placed at Aregbe, where members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) were dancing, appreciating God for affirming the victory of the Governor after 10 months legal battle.
One of the drivers, Mr kazeem Abiola who spoke to our correspondent said, by the overwhelming victory of Adeleke, good things would begin to happen in the state.
According to him, a lot of good things have been happening since the Governor took over leadership of Osun State from prompt payment of workers salaries to pension payment and other infrastructural development such as roads amongst others
His words: “As you can see, everybody is in celebration mood because. The Governor is well loved by all and was voted for by people of the state. I think the judiciary has shown that they are truly the last hope of the common man.
One of the young men who was seen beating drums, when asked by our correspondent the reason behind his joy, he said ” Governor Adeleke has just won at the Apex Court and with this development the matter which APC has been fighting for was laid to rest and that is what informed my celebration,” he said.
At Ede, the home town of the Governor, it was celebration galore, as residents flooded the Governor’s private residence to celebrate the victory.
The Governor in his usual way showcased some of his dance steps with his Deputy Prince Kola Adewusi, party leaders and well wishers.
The popularly music icon, Davido was also physically present to rejoice with his uncle whom he had supported so much before, during and after the election even through the election petition tribunal to the Supreme Court.
Our correspondent who visited the Governor’s office shortly after the judgement saw a good number of civil servants came out from their respective offices to celebrate the victory.
One of the Directors in the Ministry of Information though refused to disclose his name said with this final judgement, workers were assured of better days ahead.
He said since the Governor assumed duty, he has been able to pay the accumulated backlog of salaries and pensions. I believe that the Governor is now settled for real business of governance devoid of distraction.
However ,addressing the jubilant crowd, Governor Ademola Adeleke, who was full of gratitude to God, with singing and dancing thanked God for his validation as the duly elected Governor of the State. He also gave kudos to workers and the entire people of the State for standing by him throughout the period of the litigation.
He lamented the deplorable condition of Osun property built by former Governor Olagunsoye in Abuja but abandoned by the last administration. He said he had formed a committee to look into it,and put it in shape so that it could be useful for the State.
He equally decried the bad State of Bola Ige House, Abere, which according to him,is an eyesore, noting that, upon resumption as the Governor, he had ordered its immediate renovation.
He therefore promised the workers that he will not disappoint,but rather swing into action to make life comfortable for all and sundry.
Speaking at the occasion, Osun former Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola appreciated God for granting Governor Adeleke the deserved victory, saying the victory is an affirmation of the people’s mandate freely given him last year.
He prayed God to give him wisdom to pilot the affairs of the State.
In their separate goodwill messages, Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress, Osun State chapter, Comrade Modupeola Oyedele, her counterpart in Trade Union Congress, Comrade Kola Adebowale and Chairman JNC, Comrade Lasun Oyedele as well as the State Head of Service, Mr Ayanleye Aina congratulated the Governor for the victory stressing that, it is for the entire workers in Osun.
They appealed to him not to forget all the promises made to workers, assuring that workers are solidly behind his administration.
In their separate remarks, the Deputy Governor, Prince Kola Adewusi and PDP Chairman in Osun, Sunday Bisi appreciated the workers for their support for the Governor. They assured that the present administration will not disappoint them.
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