Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated Senator Ademola Adeleke’s victory at Saturday’s poll, stating that his victory heralds the coming of light in Osun State.
Atiku stated this Sunday, noting that the polls show that power truly belongs to the people.
“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.
“Most importantly, congratulations to the great people of Osun State for proving that power indeed belongs to the people,” Atiku stated.
The election of Senator Ademola Adeleke, according to governors operating under the PDP banner, is a sign that the All Progressives Congress (APC) should step down from its position of authority.
In a statement on Sunday, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, welcomed Adeleke to the organisation and stated that the Osun people had faith in the governor-elect because they could see his heart, which was filled with love and concern for the welfare of his people.
“This victory is a result of the sagacity, hard work, teamwork, skilful campaigns, efficient resource allocation, openness and humility exhibited by the Governor-elect.
“He concentrated on issues that mattered most to Osun people, and they responded in kind, bestowing on him and PDP an earth-shaking victory of historic proportions.
“This victory is a lesson for all. It shows that everyone matters in politics, particularly the electorate. It also confirms the famous dictum that ‘God’s time is the best’.
“We must remain vigilant and anticipate all the antics the dying All Progressives Congress (APC) will come up with. But rest assured that we are all with you in this great effort to reset the trajectory and story of Nigeria positively.
“The light has shone on Osun State in July. It is time for the light to shine on Nigeria, again through the instrumentality of the PDP, come February 2023.
“We must also congratulate the PDP family led by the Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu and his team, who ensured a credible primary.
The PDP Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates must be applauded for their leadership roles.
“Perhaps, a gold medal should be reserved for Sen. Douye Diri, Bayelsa State Governor, who served as Chairman of the National Campaign Council and other PDP Governors and stalwarts who played various roles that culminated in this great outcome.
“We extend our congratulations also to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the election management body, the security agencies, election observers and monitors, the media and most importantly, the people of Osun State, who not only voted but ensured that their votes were counted and count,” the communique partly read.
Adeleke was on Sunday declared the winner of the Osun State governorship election after polling 403,371 votes to defeat his closest rival and incumbent governor, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola. They scored 375,027 votes, as well as 13 other contestants in the race.
He won 17 of the 30 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, while Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) clinched the remaining LGAs.
In a tweet to celebrate his victory, the governor-elect asserted that he has brought light to Osun State.