ALEDEH Observes: Political Sympathy, Aregbesola’s Failed Tactics, PDP Unity And 3 Other Things Learnt From #OsunWestDecides

It’s not longer news that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared the results of the Osun West Senatorial by-election which held on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

According to the results declared by INEC Returning Officer, Professor Olaide Lawal, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won  nine (9) of the ten (10) local government areas where the election took place.

PDP candidate, Otunba Ademola Adeleke scored a total of 97,280 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mudashiru Hussein who polled 66, 115 votes.

The final result of the Osun West by-election showed that Ademola Adeleke of the PDP had 31,165 votes more than his closest rival and APC candidate, Mudashiru Hussein.

In (ALEDEH Observes), we take a look at some matters arising from the just concluded legislative by-election in Osun West.

 

POLITICAL SYMPATHY

On April 23, 2017,  the people of Osun were left devastated when the death of Isiaka Adeleke, senator representing Osun West constituency was announced.

Adeleke’s death meant the people of Osun West had to reelect another representative at the 8th senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

To make this a reality, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted a by-election in the constituency on Saturday, July 8.

The people of Osun state once again showed their love for the late Isiaka Adeleke when they came out in their numbers to vote for his younger brother, Ademola Adeleke who vied for the position under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

………..Was The Decision Based On Political Sympathy? That’s one question on the lips of many political analysts.

 

AREGBESOLA’S FAILED TACTICS

Isiaka Adeleke died as a senator representing Osun West under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

His demise meant the APC had a vacuum to fill at the Nigerian senate, which his brother, Ademola Adeleke stepped up to before he encountered some tussle at the ruling party.

So Ademola Adeleke headed for the PDP where he picked the ticket to contest for the vacant seat after two other contestants for the ticket, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi and Mr. Olayiwola Falabi stepped down for him.

Ademola Adeleke had earlier been screened and given clearance by the APC screening and election committee while senator Mudashiru Hussein, who was the preferred candidate of Governor Aregbesola was disqualified, however, the national working committee of the party, upturned the report of the appeal committee which equally sustained the disqualification of Senator Mudashiru Hussein.

Senator Hussein later clinched the ticket on the platform  of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the primary held in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

Ademola Adeleke said he left the APC because the party compromised in the conduct of its primaries.

Was the APC right to allow him leave?

 

PDP UNITY

Ever since the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP lost the 2015 presidential election, the opposition party have been in and out of the courtroom.

The situation eventually led to two factions in the opposition party with Ahmed Markafi and Ali Modu Sheriff heading the factions.

While Ademola Adeleke contested the Osun West by-election as the candidate of the Sheriff faction, the Markafi faction threw their weight behind Mr. Adeleke, causing many to ponder what such unity in Nigeria’s major opposition political party could do in the 2019 presidential election.

 

MUDASHIRU HUSSEIN NOT POWERFUL IN OSUN WEST

Anointed by the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola as his preferred candidate for the election, many hoped Mudashiru Hussein would easily defeat Ademola Adeleke at the polls but the reverse was the case as the APC candidate could only deliver one out of the ten local government areas in the constituency.

According to the results declared by INEC Returning Officer, Professor Olaide Lawal, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won nine (9) of the ten(10) local government areas where the election took place.

PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke scored a total of 97, 280 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mudashiru Hussein who polled 66, 115 votes.

The final result of the Osun West by-election showed that Ademola Adeleke of the PDP had 31,165 votes more than his closest rival and APC candidate, Mudashiru Hussein.

While Ademola Adeleke won nine (9) of the ten (10) local government areas, Mudashiru Hussein who was governor Raul Aregbesola’s preferred candidate, could only deliver his Ejigbo local government for the APC where he scored 12, 229 votes while the PDP polled 9, 723 votes.

This could well mean that the era of having “anointed” candidates is over or dying. Isn’t that the case of Mudashiru Hussein who was anointed by Gov. Aregbeola?

 

THE ADELEKE’S CONTROL OSUN

The Osun West Senatorial seat became vacant at the National Assembly following the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke on April 23, who was until his death representing the district.

Few weeks to the election, Ademola Adeleke who replaced his late brother, Isiaka Adeleke, decamped to the PDP where he became the flag bearer of the party.

Despite the short time involved in Ademola Adeleke’s campaigns, he still delivered nine (9) local government areas for the PDP.

This only confirms how relevant and powerful the Adeleke’s are in Osun state.

 

First Conclusive Election By INEC Under Prof. Mahmud Yakubu

 

For the first time in a long run, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), concluded a free, fair and transparent election void of bickering.

Eleven(11) political parties from ten(10) local government areas of the Osun West Senatorial district took  part in the by-election, with the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) being the three major parties that participated in the election.

The candidates for the  three major political parties that participated in the Osun West senatorial by-election are :former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Bade Falade ( Social Democratic Party, SDP), Otunba Ademola Adeleke (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP) and Senator Mudashiru Hussein (All Progressives Congress, APC).

Hon. Falade emerged the winner of the Social Democratic Party, SDP at a primary conducted in Iwo, Iwo Local Government Area of Osun State on April 14, where he polled 15 votes to defeat his challenger, Rasheed Adeyemo, who polled 12 votes.

Similarly, the younger brother of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Ademola Adeleke picked the ticket to contest for the vacant seat on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, after two other contestants for the ticket, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi and Mr. Olayiwola Falabi stepped down for him.

Otunba Adeleke had earlier been screened and given clearance by the APC screening and election committee while senator Mudashiru Hussein, who is the preferred candidate of Governor Aregbesola was disqualified, however, the national working committee of the party, upturned the report of the appeal committee which equally sustained the disqualification of Senator Mudashiru Hussein.

Senator Hussein later clinched the ticket on the platform  of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the primary held in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.

Meanwhile, the election was adjudged peaceful, fair and transparent by both observers and other participants.

…We scold them when they don’t perform, now we must praise for a job Well done. So to INEC it’s Thumbs Up!

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