Buhari congratulates Gov-Elect Adeleke, insists people’s will must be respected

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Sen. Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following the victory of the party in Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Osun.

The President’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Sunday in Abuja.

The president expressed conviction that with the election over, the people of Osun had expressed their will through the ballot, and the will of the people must always matter and be respected in a democracy.

According to him, the successful conduct of the election is a further testimony to the maturity and commitment of all stakeholders – the electoral body, security agencies, political parties, the media, civil society and the electorate- to further strengthen the integrity of the electoral process in the country.

Buhari reassured the nation that  the  commitment of his administration ”toward having credible elections remains unshaken.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the  INEC returning officer for the Osun gubernatorial election, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe,  on Sunday morning,  declared Adeleke of the PDP,  winner.

He announced that Adeleke polled   403,371 votes to defeat his closet rival, Gov. Gboyega Oyetola, the candidate of the APC, who scored 375,027 votes.

Ogundipe, who is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, said that the Action Democratic Party (ADP) scored 10,104 to come third.

He also said that the Accord Party candidate scored 4,515 and came fourth.

Atiku also congratulates Adeleke, People of Osun

Meanwhile. the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar has congratulated the winner of Osun State governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

Abubakar in a statement on Sunday in Abuja,  described Adeleke’s victory in the election as a well-fought victory.

He also congratulated the PDP family and all stakeholders who came together to make the victory possible.

Abubakar also congratulated the people of Osun  for proving that power truly belonged to the people.

“I have always had affection for the people of Osun  for obvious reasons. Yes, my wife hails from there, but if you have to walk a difficult path and you need men and women of courage and astute valour, the people of Osun will never be a disappointment.”

Abubakar said that it would be on record that Osun had provided the compass into that brighter future that awaited  Nigeria at the horizon.

He said the referendum on 2023 general elections had commenced with the verdict of the people of Osun in electing Adeleke, saying we know that the 2023 general election would be a full referendum.

“The ship of hope is already at the harbour under the umbrella of the PDP. We shall intensify the work to ensure that we uproot all vestiges of bad governance and false hopes toward the 2023 election.

“The Imole (light) that has started to shine from Osun shall soon have national coverage.

“One more good thing about the victory in Osun is that it has provided a catalyst for the PDP to see the opportunity when the party works together in unity.

“The work to bring the PDP together is a work in progress and the good news is that we are steadily making progress.

As you wake up the morning after (Sunday, July 17), you may be assured that you are doing so with the illumination that has come to Osun.”

Abubakar said that the march to reclaim Nigeria’s greatness had begun and it shall not stop until the party achieved the goal of one people, one future and one country.