Gbenga Olarinoye, Osogbo,
The people of Osun State received the declaration of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) gubernatorial candidate, Mr Rauf Aregbesola as the winner of the April 14, 2007 gubernatorial election by the court of appeal in Ibadan with wild jubilation.
Former governor Oyinlola who received the news shortly after performing the swearing in of Justice Gloria Olagike as the president Customary Court of Appeal at Bola Ige governor’s office at about 2.00pm hurriedly left the office in company of his deputy, Erelu Olusola Obada.
It was gathered that he also left his countryhome, Okuku after spending some minutes at Government House with some of his aides.
Major streets of the state capital, Osogbo were besieged by thousands of party faithfuls who thronged the campaign office of Aregbesola located along Gbongan Road, Osogbo and sang victory songs. commercial motorcycle riders were also not left out of the celebration as they added glamour to the celebration while school children, the elderly and youths danced and endlessly celebrated the victory.
It was however a contrasting scenario at the PDP secretariat located along Iwo road as the expansive office was under lock and key.
Anti-riot policemen also patrolled the major streets of Osogbo and maintained guard in strategic public places to avoid possible vandalization of properties.
There are indications that Aregbesola would be sworn in as governor of the state today (saturday).
A reliable source said Aregbesola is expected to arrive the state capital later on friday evening with a high powered delegation to be led by the party’s national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, former Lagos governor, Senator Bola Tinubu and other ACN governors and leaders.
Osun ACN secretary, Prince Gboyega Famodun joyfully described the judgment as fantastic and a welcome development.
He described the judgment as bold and one that will surely serve as contact point for future election petitions in the country.
In his reaction, the ousted governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola described the judgment as a rude shock to him.
In a statement by his chief press secretary, Lasisi Olagunju, “That decision has come to us as a rude shock and we see it as a further test for this democracy.
“We note that the judgement went as predicted by the ACN which had in the last couple of days inundated the media with what was going to be.
“Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as a law abiding citizen and a stakeholder in the Nigerian Project, wishes the ACN and the judiciary the best of luck. In the last seven and a half years, the administration of Prince Oyinlola did its best to lift Osun State from the morass of despondency he met it to a level which today is the envy of all.
“Prince Oyinlola gives God the glory for all he achieved in office as governor while thanking members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for their steadfastness and belief in what he stood for while in the saddle of governance of Osun State .
“He equally expresses his appreciation to traditional rulers, workers, market men and women, other Nigerians home and abroad, his legal team, the media and all well-wishers who rallied round him and his administration.” the statement added.
In his reaction, a PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Mr Peter Babalola said the judgment shows that God is supreme over human beings.
Babalola who was a former Chief of Staff to Oyinlola urged the people of the state to cooperate with Aregbesola in his quest to move the state forward.