Overjoyed by his party’s landslide victory in Saturday’s governorship poll in Osun, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has congratulated the winner, Sen. Ademola Adeleke.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Sunday morning declared Adeleke winner of the election after he scored 403,371 votes to beat the incumbent APC Governor Adegboyega Oyetola who garnered 375,027 votes.
Atiku in a statement on Sunday said: “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.”
Congratulating the people of Osun State, Atiku said they have proved that power indeed belongs to the people.
“Most importantly, congratulations to the great people of Osun State for proving that power indeed belongs to the people.”
Also reacting to the outcome of the election, the Minister of lnterior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, quoting from the Holy Bible, said:“The Most High ruleth in the affairs of men…”
“Osun Le Tente,” Aregbesola posted on his Facebook page.
“This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men – (Daniel 4:17).”
Persecondnews reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Ademola Adeleke candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the Osun State governorship election.
The PDP candidate won 17 of the 30 Local Government Areas (LGAs) while Oyetola won in the remaining 13 LGAs.
Adeleke polled 403,371 votes while Oyetola received 375,027 votes.
Adeleke, a former senator and younger brother to the state’s first governor, Mr Isiaka Adeleke, defeated Oyetola, by a margin of about 44,426 votes.
Aregbesola has been in a long running battle with Oyetola before the election. He did not campaign for the incumbent governor nor participate in the Saturday election before he travelled out of the country last week.
Meanwhile, reactions have trailed the emergence of Adeleke as the winner of the election.
Nigerians have now taken to social media declaring that the victory is for youths to believe that times have changed and votes count.
Some mocked the APC and commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for ensuring a free and fair election.
Nigerians had tweeted:
@PastorBodeola “Congratulations to democracy, to everyone who came out to vote congratulations, INEC has done well we hope to see more of this fairness and credibility.”
@AdedayoJohn “ Imole de, When the youths are ready, you can’t stop them NeveR!
@DejiAdeyanju “ Congratulations to Adeleke again. I celebrate the good people of Osun State for standing their ground despite all the intimidation. Imole De!
@Owolabisamuel “This win is for the youths of Nigeria. Don’t allow anyone to tell you it is not possible, we spoke unanimously yesterday and it paid off! Congratulations to us all.”
@Tobijubril “The dancing Senator has finally sent Oyetola packing from Osun state. We’re dancing all around Osun today then to the Government house. Imole ti de.”
@Ade_sheun “Congratulations to the people of Osun State. Anyhow it goes, na una win. The era of vote not counting is gradually going out of our lives.”
@SeunAwogbenle “A combination of Adeleke’s popularity, Oyetola’s lacklustre, fall out with Aregbesola and his TOPS, and the eternal reservation against Omisore in some parts of Osun, are some of the factors that have contributed to Oyetola’s failed re-election bid.”
@Allypraiz “Osun people don wipe Aregbe, Oyetola, Bobo Chicago and APC cord for their spinal cords. 2023 message becoming clearer.”
@MomohNurudeen “For those that still voted for APC, this is the beginning of your downfall.”
@OkeJonathan “Thank you INEC for being a fair umpire this time around. #OsunDecides2022. The mandate was stolen 4 years ago. Now it’s back to the rightful owner. We have always told them. Osun remains a PDP state. We might experience flip. But trust me we know where we belong to.”
@Architectsizzle “OsunDecides shows you only the popular candidate wins. So it’s not about the party. Even if #OBIdientlyYUSful was on Sowore party, the youths will vote that party.”
@Rsd_Busari “Era of writing election results is gone, Thanks to the new Electoral Act 2022(As Amended). If you still think your vote will not count then you are wrong!
@Olokiki “ Congratulations to Adeleke, not PDP This one sweet me. We vote individuals now not parties.”