Osun State Governor-Elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, broke down in tears on Sunday while discussing his victory in the Osun governorship election and the support he got from his family for his growth and success.
Asked during Channels Television’s Politics Today if the experience ever make him remember his late elder brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, he said, “All the time. This victory, I dedicate it to him.”
He then broke down in tears and took some 20 seconds to pull himself together before sharing with an emotion-laden voice what Senator Isiaka represented for him and Osun State.
“His spirit still lives. He died for this cause. He wanted to be the governor to save our people from slavery. Look at what happened; he died because of this cause,” the governor-elect said of his brother who died in April 2017.
Until his death, Senator Isiaka Adeleke represented Osun West in the Senate and it was his demise that led to the emergence of the younger Adeleke as Senator and now governor-elect, fulfilling the dream his elder brother did not live to achieve. Isiaka Adeleke was Governor of Osun State from January 1992 and November 1993.
The interview, which is the first to be granted to a TV station by Senator Adeleke after he won the election, aired on Channels Television on Monday.
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Adeleke had stunned the incumbent governor, Gboyega Oyetola, to win the election, reversing the outcome of a matchup between both men in 2018.
He secured 403,371 votes, 28,344 more than Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 375,027 votes, to emerge victorious.
Saturday’s election featured 15 contestants with the rematch of Oyetola and Adeleke drawing the most attention.
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As the results from the local governments trickled in, it was clear that the election which was generally considered peaceful was a two-horse race between both men.
They split 96.76 per cent of the total valid votes cast in the election.
Speaking further, Ademola Adeleke said some associates of Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, supported him during the governorship election.
Prior to the election, Aregbesola and Oyetola fell out over the tussle for control of the Osun APC leadership.
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The minister was also absent during the party’s campaign in the state, and did not vote in the election.
Speaking on the claim that Aregbesola supported the PDP, Adeleke said he did not work with the minister on his governorship bid.
“I did not work with Aregbesola. I didn’t even talk to him, but all I know is his associates, for example, Kolapo Alimi, one of the lawyers that represented Oyetola at the tribunal,” he said.
“Then, anytime I saw him (Alimi) in court, because I’m a civilised person, I will go to them and greet them and say ‘how are you doing?’ It was later he apologised and said ‘he was thinking ‘why is senator Adeleke greeting me? We are trying to mess him up and he is still greeting me’.
“But he later told me that while I was greeting him, I didn’t know that I was giving them poison. They knew that I won the election and they rigged me out and I was still greeting them. I believe that Aregbesola and Oyetola fell out.
“He (Alimi) came to me and said he has watched me and that he wants to join our party and we accepted. But Aregbesola directly? No. But we know a lot of top APC that joined.
“Assuming that I had been talking to Aregbesola one way or the other, then I would say that maybe he gave them go-ahead to support me.
“These people have grown; they have their own minds to decide if they want to join me or not. They believed that I was the one to beat and they came to me. I won’t know whether Aregbesola gave them go-ahead or not, because I have not been talking to Aregbesola.”
Asked what was his reaction when Oyetola and Aregbesola fell out, the governor-elect said he thanked God for the development, while admitting that the conflict paved way for his victory.
“I said God is good. These (Aregbesola and Oyetola) are the people that colluded that time. They were together. Kolapo Alimi told me the truth that they robbed me. Even the president said it when he came over here that they won the election through remote control,” he said.
Meanwhile, David Adeleke has insisted that Ademola Adeleke, is yet to receive his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Davido said this in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Tuesday.
“48hrs after our @AAdeleke_01 victory at the Osun Gubernatorial elections, we are yet to receive our certificate. @inecnigeria should we send you fuel money? LOL,” Davido tweeted.
“Please no one should tamper with the will of the Osun People! Issue the certificate as required by Law!”