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Olafeso, Adebutu, NUJ, SWAN, others congratulate Adeleke

By Seye Olumide, Rotimi Agboluaje (Ibadan) and Timothy Agbor (Osogbo)
19 July 2022   |   4:06 am
A former National Vice Chairman, South-West Zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Eddy Olafeso and governorship candidate of Ogun State PDP for 2023 election, Chief Ladi Adebutu, yesterday, congratulated governor-elect of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, for winning the election.

Ademola Adeleke

• Urge gov-elect to run inclusive government, serve people meritoriously
• CSO adjudges election as fair, asks Oyetola, Lasun, Ogunbiyi to accept result
• Suspected political thugs destroy shops belonging to Igbo
• Others attack commissioner, aides, vandalise vehicles, houses

A former National Vice Chairman, South-West Zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Eddy Olafeso and governorship candidate of Ogun State PDP for 2023 election, Chief Ladi Adebutu, yesterday, congratulated governor-elect of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, for winning the election.

They said that the real message behind Adeleke’s victory was that Nigerians would now be much more encouraged to participate in the voting system, having realised that their votes would count and that their wishes would reflect and be respected.

In a statement, Olafeso described the victory of Adeleke as a successful ending to an age-long hardworking and tortuous journey, resilience and absolute commitment of the PDP’s candidate to do away with ineffective governance in the state.

ALSO, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South West, has felicitated with Adeleke on his emergence as the governor-elect of Osun State.

In a statement made available to The Guardian in Ibadan by Zone D Co-ordinator, Olatunji Adegboye; the Deputy Co-ordinator, John Alao and the Public Relations Officer, Opeoluwa Awoyinfa, the students charged the Ede-born incoming governor to serve the state meritoriously.

SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Osun State Council and the state chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), yesterday, congratulated Adeleke over his victory in the election.

A statement by Chairman of the union, Wasiu Ajadosu and the Secretary, Bukola Elufadejin, urged the governor-elect to be magnanimous in victory and see his emergence as an opportunity to improve the life of citizenry, as well as an avenue to uplift the socio-economic life of the state.

The statement further implored the winner to run an all-inclusive government and listen to every strata of the society to give all citizens a desired sense of belongings.

SWAN, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Timothy Agbor and Secretary, Tajudeen Amodu, described Adeleke’s victory as a call to serve and an avenue to add value to the existing structure of the state.

MEANWHILE, a coalition of civil society election observers has declared that the Osun State governorship election was fair, transparent, free and credible.

The group, at a press conference in Osogbo, urged all candidates that contested in the polls to accept the results and congratulate the winner.

National Co-ordinator of the CSO, Fidelis Nweke and Secretary, Peter Nwokolo, commended the people of Osun for conducting themselves peacefully before, during and after the election.

IN another development, some suspected political thugs have allegedly vandalised the property of some Igbo traders at Old Garage in Osogbo after the outcome of the election.

In a viral video, counters and open shops of the traders were attacked owing to their alleged choice in Saturday’s poll.

A man behind the camera alleged that the thugs vandalised their counters and shops for supporting Senator Ademola Adeleke.

President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Osun State, Pastor John Dike, who confirmed the attack, said no one was injured, adding that everything has been brought under control.

BUT confirming an attack and attempt on his life by the hoodlums, Osun State Commissioner for Lands, Nathaniel Agunbiade, said that he escaped when he ran to a police team before he was whisked away.

He said the hoodlums vandalised vehicles parked within his Erinmo residence in Irewole Local Council of the state and also machete three of his aides.