Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun says he has proven his critics wrong, especially those who felt his dancing habit meant he could not be a serious public officer.
A lot of people who have been thinking that I may not be a good governor because I dance, they are now dancing, all of them are now dancing because that is my strength,” Mr Adeleke said on Channels TV on Tuesday night.
The governor, who was responding to his Tuesday’s victory at the Supreme Court, said dancing is his hobby and he had never shown any pretence about the skill.
He stated that many of his opponents who underrated and abused him while showing his talent have backtracked by joining him as dancers.
“Dancing is my hobby. I don’t pretend, I don’t impress. I’m not a pretender. I am U.S. trained, I went to school, I don’t pretend and when it comes to my work, you need to see me,” the governor added.
While noting that he would have been a musician, Mr Adeleke said that he’s happy that his nephew, David Adeleke aka “Davido” took up the trade and is doing well with it.
The governor, who recalled when he was in the National Assembly as a Senator, added that he demonstrated his skills even when his colleagues in the Red Chamber thought he would not debate any meaningful contribution on the floor of the house.
“Then, I surprised them. I was underrated. Now they know they cannot underrate me anymore because I have shown them what I get, I have shown them what I can do for my people, I have shown them good governance and more good things are coming,” he said.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed Mr Adeleke’s victory as the validly elected governor of Osun State, in an appeal filed by the immediate past governor, Gboyega Oyetola.
The five-member panel of the court led by John Okoro unanimously upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
The appellate court had earlier on March 24, 2023, affirmed the victory of Mr Adeleke as the winner of the poll.
However, the Supreme Court agreed with the Court of Appeal that Mr Oyetola and his party (APC) failed to adduce relevant evidence to prove their case.