Osun poll: Atiku, PDP celebrate Adeleke’s victory

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party,Atiku Abubakar, has described the Osun State governorship election victory of the party as a light that has come to the state.

Atiku congratulated especially the people of Osun State for proving that power actually belongs to the people.

The former vice-president also congratulated Sen. Ademola Adeleke for winning the governorship election in the state, saying it was a well-fought success.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Adeleke winner of the 2022 Governorship Election with 403,371 votes to defeat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Adegboyega Oyetola, the sitting governor who polled 375,027 votes.

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INEC Chief Returning Officer for Osun, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced the result on Sunday morning.

Atiku celebrated the candidate and the party in a post on Sunday saying, “Light has come to Osun. Congratulations, Sen. Ademola Adeleke, on a well-fought victory. Also, hearty congratulations to the PDP family and all stakeholders who came together to make this possible.

“Most importantly, congratulations to the great people of Osun State for proving that power indeed belongs to the people.”

Recall the former vice-president, during the governorship campaign rally on Thursday said that Osun was a PDP state, solicited citizens’ to guard their votes from being whisked away.

He stressed that allowing any manner of rigging in the election would return the state into darkness.

The PDP also felicitated with the candidate of the party, Sen. Adeleke on its official page in a message tagged ‘Breaking News! #OsunDecides2022’

The party said, “The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the Official Peoples Democratic Party Nigeria Guber Candidate, H.E. Senator Ademola Adeleke as winner of the 2022 Governorship Election in Osun state. Sen Adeleke defeated the All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate, H. E. Adegboyega Oyetola with 403,371 votes. It’s a new dawn #ImoleDe.”

The party had in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba, before the declaration urged INEC and the APC to play by the rules guiding the election.

PDP said, “Our party charges the Independent National Electoral Commission and the APC leadership in Abuja to note that the course of the election is already known to all and that the people of Osun State will never accept any outcome to the contrary.

“We also congratulate all democratic institutions, stakeholders and all patriots who stood by the people to achieve this great shift.”

Also appreciating the victory of the PDP candidate, vice-presidential candidate of the party, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa in a Tweet congratulated the PDP, people of Osun and the winner of the governorship election.

“I congratulate the people of Osun State and my brother, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the OfficialPDPNig candidate for a decisive victory at yesterday’s polls.

“This is why, as we prepare for the arduous task ahead, I pray that our party can sustain this drive into next year, as we work to elect Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the next President of Nigeria. Congratulations to the people of Osun! Congratulations to my brother, Senator AAdeleke_01! Congratulations to our great party, the PDP!”

In 2018, the APC candidate won the election by 255,505 votes to defeat the candidate of the PDP who polled 255,023 votes, after an inconclusive election on September 22, and a rerun was conducted across seven polling stations in four LGAs on September 27, in which INEC declared the candidate of the APC, Oyetola, as the Governor-elect of the state.

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