My victory, a lesson for APC ―Sen Adeleke
Senator-elect for Osun west senatorial district, Senator Ademola Adeleke has declared that his victory in last weekend election was a big lesson for the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) to stop paying lip service to internal democracy in the party.
Adeleke defeated his main rival and candidate of the APC, Senator Mudashiru Hussein, winning in nine local councils while the latter managed to win in one local government.
Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday shortly after receiving his Certificate of Return from INEC National Commissioner, Solomon Adedeji Soyebi, Senator Adeleke accused the APC leadership of imposition of candidate, while claiming to be a democratic party.
He said: “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.”
“APC doesn’t practice internal democracy, but I am glad I am back, I am back into my political family, the PDP.”
He further promised to introduce welfare programmes to mitigate the sufferings of his people whom he noted were experiencing poverty in Osun state.
Earlier while presenting certificate to Senator Adeleke, Prince Soyebi thanked the voters in the senatorial district for conducting themselves peacefully during and after the election.
“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.”
The INEC Commissioner further restated the Commission’s commitment to free, fair electoral process.
“We have no favoured candidate in any election, only what the parties present to us.”