Nigeria: Yoruba youths react to Adeleke’s victory

By Wale Odunsi

The Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide (YCYW) has hailed the declaration of Sen. Adejola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the Sept. 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun State.

NAN quoted President of the youth group, Aremo Hassan, as describing the judgment of the tribunal as a ” true reflection of justice.”

“With sublime heart of joy, we heartily felicitate with His Excellency, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Governor of Osun State, the good people of Osun State, Yoruba Land and Nigeria as a whole, on the special winning today 22nd March,2019 at the Osun State Election Tribunal”, he said in a statement.

“This is indeed a true reflection of justice and will of the people. We salute the courage and tenacity of the Adeleke Family to have stood their ground in the face of monumental adversaries and political intimidation, our own Ominira Osun came into reality.

“We want to use this medium to remind His Excellency that this is not the time for Jamboree but real work of progress must commence in earnest in Osun State as promised during campaigns and that assured us on behalf of the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide,” he said.

Hassan, a legal practitioner said that the group advocated 26 per cent education budgetary allocation.

He also urged Adeleke to focus on economic growth of Osun State as the emerging economic hub of the nation, adding that the group remained steadfast as partners in progress on the quest to salvage the state.

NAN reports that the three-member panel said during its ruling that the rerun election that held on Sept. 27, 2018, was illegal.

The tribunal, therefore, deducted the votes scored by the APC candidate,
Gboyega Oyetola, in the rerun after declaring the rerun illegal.

The tribunal said Adeleke won the election at the first ballot on Sept. 22 and the rerun that INEC devised to reach a final conclusion a week later was illegal.

“The declaration of Oyetola is null and void,” the tribunal ruled in a majority decision with one member dissenting.

Source Daily Post

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