By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The Senator-elect for Osun West Senatorial District, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, has received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.
Speaking with journalists shortly after receiving the certificate, Adeleke accused his erstwhile All Progressives Congress APC of lacking internal democracy, describing his exit to the PDP as more of a home-coming.
“APC doesn’t practice internal democracy, but I am glad I am back; I am back into my political family, the PDP”, he said.
Adeleke who pledged effective representation to his constituents, also added that his election would serve as a lesson to APC leaders to stop meddling in issues and trying to impose their favourites.
“This is a big lesson for APC. They should stop interfering in the process of picking a candidate in an election. I followed due process but they did their imposition.”
Earlier, a National Commissioner in INEC, Solomon Soyebi, commended the electorate in the area for exhibiting decorum and eschewing violence during the polls.
He added that the commission would continue to be an umbiased umpire, saying INEC does not have favourites whether as parties or candidates.
“The election was conducted in a peaceful, friendly and ideal atmosphere for election. I want to thank the Osun people for the way they conducted themselves. They have shown that they can be role models for others to emulate. If voters can conduct themselves in this form, it will make the work of INEC easy. We have no favoured candidate in any election, only what the parties present to us”, he said.
Adeleke scored a total of 97,480 votes to trounce Mudashiru Hussain of the APC who garnered 66,116 votes, and he is to complete the tenure of his elder brother, Isiaka Adeleke who died on April 23.
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