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“I Have No Grudges Against Them” — Gov. Adeleke Forgives Offenders, Speaks on Supreme Court Victory

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has forgiven all those who might have offended him during his struggle to assume leadership of the state. This follows the unanimous Supreme Court verdict that reaffirmed his election as the duly elected Governor of Osun State.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the Governor made the statement while on a thank you visit to the palaces of the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olaonipekun and Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal, after the Supreme Court judgment on Tuesday.

Recall that Adegboyega Oyetola, the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, had appealed the Court of Appeal judgment which nullified the Osun gubernatorial election petition tribunal which ruled in his favour in January. However, the Supreme Court judgement did not go in his favour.

Reacting in a statement made available by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, on Thursday, the Governor said, “I am now governor for all. For those who didn’t vote for me, I have no grudges against them. That’s the beauty of democracy. I have forgiven all those who offended me in our quest to serve our people.”

“Even though some went overboard, engaged in an overbearing attitude and were destructive towards the cause we believed in. All those have now been left behind. The victory God granted us has overwhelmed whatever anybody might have done to me in the past. The goal now is how to move Osun forward.”

The Governor praised the two monarchs for playing a huge fatherly role in the governorship project by standing as a pillar of support for him and his family. He assured the monarchs that he would not disappoint the trust the people have in him and will continue to strive to make Osun better than he met it with infrastructural development.

“They initially said most of the applaudable projects we embarked on when we started our administration was because of the 2023 general election, but interestingly, we’ve never stopped delivering on projects in the state so far.

“I want to assure our royal fathers and the good people of Osun that distraction is over. We will not disappoint you. We have the authority and power now, we will use it justly for the progress of this state and welfare of the people.”

In his remarks, Oba Olaonipekun said the sound footing Adeleke had started his administration with has given a clear signal of a departure from the past and a brilliant outcome of what to expect.

“You have started your administration brilliantly and I’m impressed with the steps you’re taking each day in the delivery of good governance for the people of our state. With my royal authority, I hereby endorse you for another term in office and a continuity of the government you’re heading in the state,” he said.

On his part, Oba Lawal pledged that he would constantly remind the Governor of the promises made to the people as he wants to be the father of a Governor that would spend eight years in office in delivery of good governance.

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