The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s candidate in the Saturday’s Osun West Senatorial District by-election, Chief Ademola Adeleke, has described his victory as a new dawn for democracy.
Adeleke, who beat Senator Mudashir Hussein of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the poll, celebrated his victory by singing and dancing to a popular Yoruba song, ”Ajekun Iya Ni O Je’, which is now gradually transforming into an anthem for politicians after it was popularised by a sitting Senator, Dino Melaye.
Afterwards, Adeleke thanked his supporters for coming out in their numbers to hand him victory.
“Everybody came out en masse to vote for me; to vote for PDP. I want to seize this opportunity to thank you all,” he stated.
“We are working hard to ensure that the 2018 governorship election in Osun is won by PDP.
“My victory is a new dawn in the history of our democracy.
“Our democracy is growing (to the point) where an incumbent will be there and opposition will defeat the incumbent.
“This is a rare gem and this shows that our democracy is improving.
“We want to make sure that there is nothing like rigging anymore, no matter how you try, we want our democracy to grow.”
Adeleke scored 97,480 votes and won in nine of the 10 local government areas where the election was held.
His rival, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mudashiru Husain, polled 66,116 votes and won in only one local government area.
Ademola Adeleke is the younger brother of Senator Isiaka Adeleke whose death on April 23 led to the conduct of the by-election.