The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ondo state governorship election of October 20, 2012, Chief Olusola Oke, has described the judgment of the Supreme Court dismissing his appeal against the victory of Governor Olusegun Mimiko as “a brazen defeat of the expectations of the people of Ondo state”
Chief Oke, in a statement issued Thursday, just after the judgment stated, “Today, the Supreme Court in its wisdom has given its Judgment dismissing our Appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal.
“This final ruling marks the end of a titanic battle to challenge and invalidate the result of what we are convinced was a heavily compromised and highly flawed October 20 2012 governorship election.
“It is clear that this Supreme Court judgment constitutes a brazen defeat of the expectations of the people of Ondo state who had desired light after four years of total darkness. It also demonstrates a serious shatter to the sensibilities of the people who had expected a lease from the shackles of poverty, want, disease, unemployment and frustration.
“Our mission was to rescue the people of Ondo state from the excruciating pains of poverty, bad governance and pains. We set out to rebuild hope and confidence in our people by bringing them a government with integrity, focus and action.
“Though the battle is fought and decided, we need to thank the good people of this state for their endurance, fortitude, faith and perseverance throughout the period of this trial. We also wish to encourage them to keep the peace and walk tall through the rest of the days ahead.
“While profoundly thanking all the good people of Ondo state for their uncommon support and encouragement, we wish to remind all that the fight to enthrone Democracy, Justice and freedom is not an easy walk.
“For us, our spirits remain strong and undaunted. Our commitment and struggle to ensure the enthronement of good governance in our country remains unwavering, even as we remain as one with our people throughout this period of pains and sadness.”