Osun state Governor Gboyega Oyetola at the weekend said he remained the duly elected governor regardless of Friday’s judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal.
Oyetola enjoined the public to disregard the insinuations that he had been sacked, saying he was confident of retaining his mandate at the appellate court.
Governor Oyetola spoke on Saturday while inspecting some on-going road and drainage projects in Capital Area of Osogbo, the state capital.
Governor said the outcome of the lower court didn’t in anyway affect the validity of the votes freely and willing given to him by the people of the state.
He said since the Constitution allowed him to file an appeal against the judgment, he remained the legitimate governor of the state.
The governor said: “I am confident that our mandate will be reaffirmed at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
“As you all know, it was a split judgment, telling us that it was not a unanimous decision. This is part of our strength at the Appellate Court
“I must correct the impression that I have been removed from office I remain the governor of Osun till all the electoral litigations are finalized.
“So, my visit to this site is in furtherance of our commitment to ensure a better life for all residents of the state and to demonstrate that governance brought about by our government continues”, he said.
Oyetola who had earlier received the leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Government House and assured the teeming supporters of the party that he would come victorious at the end of the electoral litigation.
He called on the party loyalists to remain calm and expressed confidence in the judiciary to deliver justice as it remained the ‘hope for a common man’”