A former Vice Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Prof. Razaq Abubakre, has expressed optimism that former Osun Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, will reclaim his mandate at the Supreme Court.
Recall that, the Osun governorship election held in June 2022, was heavily contested by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Oyetola and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke.
Adeleke emerged the winner, however, the results was contested by Oyetola at the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal. Having lost at the tribunal to Adeleke, Oyetola went further to the Court of Appeal and yet again lost.
The matter has been taken to the Supreme Court for a final order.
Oyetola contested the results of the election based on claims of over-voting and false credentials tendered by Adeleke.
Meanwhile, The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Abubakre, a retired Iwo professor and prominent indigene of Osun, spoke with journalists on Sunday, stating that those threatening to cause trouble if APC wins at the Supreme Court are making empty threats.
He said, “As for the promise of fire and brimstone by the PDP should APC win at the Supreme Court, it is an empty threat.
“This is because the security apparatus is part of the paraphernalia of the office of a chief executive, which will cease to be effective for the use of the PDP with its reputation of violence.
“Peace will return to the state once again by the grace of God the Almighty.
“Many lives were lost in the struggle for Rauf Aregbesola to become Governor in Osun state.
“The state normally knows peace only when progressives are in power.
“They kill their members even while conducting their primaries. They killed many members of APC and forced many to abandon their abodes which enabled the PDP and the unscrupulous umpire and security allies to write whatever they chose.
“Still, cast-iron records show that irregularities characterised the Osun governorship election.”
He alleged that the intimidation of the Supreme Court by the spokespersons of PDP was not dissimilar to what Ahmed Datti did, which prompted the Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka to condemn some of the Labour Party members.
Abubakre said that good governance is not impression management, neither is it corruption in the guise of delivering substandard infrastructural projects at inflated costs.
He said the performance of Adeleke is incomparable to the governance credentials of Oyetola, who is a silent performer.
Abubakre said that, for example, Oyetola demonstrated commendable probity and genuinely delivered critical infrastructural projects that will stand the test of time.
He claimed that Oyetola of the APC is still popular in Osun and is the favourite of the people.
“The popularity of APC and the former governor Gboyega Oyetola was tested twice in the just concluded Ramadan.
“The first of the events was held in Iwo, the headquarters of Osun West Senatorial District. It was a Ramadan lecture and prayers for the successful inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President of Nigeria and the victory of Oyetola at the Supreme Court.
“This, we organised from our own free volition and financial contribution without any funding from outside Iwoland. It was a mammoth crowd of devotees. May Allah accept the prayers,” he added.