Osun State Governor-Elect, Ademola Adeleke has partly attributed his victory in the just-concluded governorship election in his state to the signing of the Electoral Act by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor-elect gave President Muhammadu Buhari kudos for signing the act which he said prevented any form of rigging during the poll.
“Well, I have to give him (President Buhari) the credit,” Adeleke said in an interview that aired on Channels Television’s Politics Today while responding to a question on the importance of the Act.
“Because if he didn’t sign it, there will be room for rigging. He did that to me in 2018 but this Electoral Act, it’s great!”
President Buhari signed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law on February 25, following previous unsuccessful attempts by the National Assembly to amend the nation’s electoral laws.
Reacting to the President’s action, the governor-elect said he felt so good when he learned of the message from the Nigerian leader, adding that he planned to pay him a ‘thank you’ visit.
“The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria congratulating me – when I saw it, I said wow, this is good for our country,” he said. “Democracy is at play here and I am sure after I receive my certificate of return from INEC, I plan to visit him and tell him ‘thank you for the message’.
“Most of the time, the opposition do not congratulate their opponents. Maybe he is trying to leave a legacy that he meant with the Electoral Act that he signed. I am really happy.”
Meanwhile, 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 made 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 and now governor-elect, fulfilling the dream his elder brother did not live to achieve.
It would be recalled that 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.