The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has congratulated Senator Ademola Adeleke over his victory at the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal, applauding the Judiciary as a true defender of democracy.
Atiku said this in a statement on Friday by his media adviser, Mr Paul Ibe, noting that the restoration of the mandate of Senator Adeleke showed that the judiciary is indeed the last refuge of the common man and that in truth, those who were aggrieved and resolved to maintain the peace have been vindicated.
The former vice president thanked the men and women of goodwill in Osun State, who he said did not waver in their commitment to retrieve the stolen mandate.
Atiku said, “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,” Atiku said.
Atiku is also challenging in court the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari by the Independent Electoral Tribunal (INEC) as the winner of the Feb. 23 presidential election.
Meanwhile, the PDP has welcomed the verdict of the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal, saying the judgment is a victory for democracy and triumph of the will of the people.
The main opposition party said this in a statement on Friday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, noting that Nigerians have accepted democracy as a way of life and a form of government that suits the multi-plurality of the nation.
It said the judgment was a clear indicator that those who set out to destroy the nation’s democracy can never triumph, and that no matter how evil and injustice appear to thrive, the truth must always prevail at the end of the day.
The statement read, “The spontaneous jubilation that greeted this judgment is therefore a direct indication that it is in consonant with the wishes and aspiration of Nigerians across the board.
“For those who have been desperate to destroy our democracy, this judgment has proven to them that their shenanigans will always come to no avail.
“The PDP commends the judiciary for standing upright in the defence of democracy and for ensuring that those involved in the rapacious desecration of our democratic norms will never succeed.
“This verdict, which reverberates across our nation, points to the fact that the truth will always prevail and that our party, the PDP, will recover all our stolen mandates in the 2019 general elections, particularly the Presidential mandate, which Nigerians freely gave to our candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
“Furthermore, all our candidates who have already won their elections, but whose victories are being manipulated by anti-democratic forces, must take solace in the words of the Osun election petition panel, that once valid votes have been declared and a winner emerges by majority of votes, a rerun is illegal.
“The PDP congratulates Senator Adeleke, the good people of Osun State as well as all lovers of democracy across our country for the triumph of justice over impunity, abuse of electoral processes and unfettered political rascality.”