There was wide celebration by people of Osun state Sunday following the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the Saturday Osun West Senatorial Bye election, Dr. Ademola Adeleke, even as the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola congratulated the Senator-elect, with the result of the poll, saying the “people of Osun have spoken”.
Adeleke, the PDP candidate defeated the the APC flagbearer in the poll, Senator Mudashiru Hussein, winning in 9 out of 10 local government areas in the Senatorial District.
The governor, in a tweet Sunday afternoon congratulated Adeleke, saying “Democracy has won and we respect the people’s choice”.
Also, while speaking with newsmen in his Ede home yesterday, Senator-elect, Dr Ademola Adeleke, noted that his victory signposts a brighter future for PDP in the state. Adeleke said all his pre-election campaign promises would be fulfilled, stressing that his N5 million per ward scholarship scheme would soon take off across the Osun-West Senatorial District. His words: ” We are working hard to make sure that next year we overcome and victory shall be ours.
My victory is a new dawn in the history of our democracy. ” Our democracy is growing where an incumbent will be there and opposition will defeat the incumbent.This is a rare gem and this shows that our democracy is improving. ” We want to make sure there is nothing like rigging anymore no matter how you try, we want our democracy to grow.”
” I want to thank the people of Osun West Senatorial District and the entire people of the state for voting for me and PDP. ” I can assure that where my late brother left it, that is where I tag my campaign continuity. ” I have budgeted N250,000 in scholarship for students, empowerment programmer for women as well as free mobile medical care”.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the PDP in Osun state has commended citizens and residents of the state for their support in various forms towards the victory of its candidate in senatorial bye-election. The state chairman of the party, Mr. Soji Adagunodo, in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, said the party recognised the fact that out of several options, people decided to give PDP the mandate to represent them in the upper chambers.
“We thank You for honouring the memories of the first Executive Governor of Osun state , the late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke by voting in his equally competent younger brother, Otunba Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke who is determined to serve you even better.
“We appreciate the confidence you reposed in the PDP as a party committed to good governance and development, true service and respect for human dignity in our dear state”, the statement concluded.
Also, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salam has lauded the government and the people of the state under the watch of Governor Aregbesola for creating a conducive atmosphere for electoral contest which was conducted hitch free by Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, and won by the opposition candidate Otunba Adeleke of Peoples Democratic Party. In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Salaam saluted the state helmsman for ensuring secured environment for all contestants to campaign and canvass votes for their respective parties without intimidation or lawlessness, saying as a Chief Security officer of the state, Aregbesola has passed another democratic litmus test.
He also thumbed up for the INEC on its swiftness at the deployment of staff and logistics, asserting that INEC has turned a success story with its proactive measure in the conduct of Osun West senatorial district by-election. He further lauded the security agencies for living up to their billing by guiding and guarding the electoral process without fear or favor.
Salaam further saluted the courage and comportment of the contestants for putting up a good democratic fight, congratulating the people of Osun senatorial west and the Senator elect, Otunba Adeleke on the success recorded; admonishing Adeleke to be humble in victory and recognize the fact that Osun west is now his constituency that must work with the state government for the overall benefit of the people irrespective of political leaning; saying no achievement could be recorded in a divisive tendencies.