The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday presented a Certificate Of Return to the Senator-elect, Osun West Senatorial District, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Adeleke scored a total of 97,480 votes to defeat Mudashiru Hussain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who secured 66,116 votes.
He is to complete the tenure of Isiaka Adeleke, his elder brother who died on April 23.
Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday shortly after receiving his Certificate of Return from INEC National Commissioner, Solomon 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, 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.”