Diran Odeyemi, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader, has warned that any disgruntled politician who seeks to sue the Osun State governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, is paying attorneys for an academic exercise.
Adeleke was elected governor of the state on Saturday on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, beating the incumbent governor of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a post-election assessment, Odeyemi, the former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, told Vanguard that a typical Nigerian politician does not accept loss until the Supreme Court issues its final judgement.
He said that Adeleke’s PDP won due to widespread public backing in the state. He said that the party conducted a door-to-door campaign to defeat the APC in the elections.
On March 8, the PDP held two gubernatorial primaries in Osun State, involving Adeleke and Babayemi.
While Adeleke was proclaimed the winner of the primary conducted at the Osogbo City Stadium under the supervision of Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Babayemi was declared the winner of the primary held at the Children and Women Development Centre, Osogbo.
As a result, Babayemi went to the Federal High Court in Osogbo, asking to be deemed the PDP’s legal gubernatorial candidate.
However, in a decision written by Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel, the court upheld Adeleke as the PDP’s legitimately elected gubernatorial candidate in Osun State.
Dissatisfied with the outcome, Babayemi filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal in Akure, disputing the lower court’s decision and requesting that he be proclaimed the PDP gubernatorial candidate.
Also, by refusing to congratulate Adeleke, Oyetola has not admitted loss, which some believe means he will go to court to fight the latter’s triumph.
Odeyemi responded on Sunday, saying, “An ordinary Nigerian politician does not accept loss until they reach the Supreme Court.”
“So, if anyone is still arguing or going to court over the primary election that was conducted, and as you put it, it’s now at the Appeal Court, with the overwhelming support of the people of Osun State, you will realize or agree with me that the person is just giving his money to legal people for academic exercise.”
“We are unconcerned. A typical Nigerian politician does not accept loss; we lack the sense of sportsmanship.
“But we’re not playing football,” they’ll say if you tell them.
Odeyemi remarked of Adeleke’s win, “It was a retaliation for what APC did to us in 2018.” If you are a student who studies thoroughly for a test, you know you will pass it. That was precisely our situation.
“We were confident in our plan and marketing.” We designed our campaign such that we could sell all the way to Atakumosa Local Government.
“We sold them our manifestos.” We were successful in determining our acceptance. We went on a mission. We ran a door-to-door campaign.”