2018 Osun State Governorship Election: Can PDP Candidate, Adeleke Conquer APC’s Oyetola?

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2018 Osun State Governorship Election: Can PDP Candidate, Adeleke Conquer APC's Oyetola?
2018 Osun State Governorship Election: Can PDP Candidate, Adeleke Conquer APC's Oyetola?

After Saturday’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary that saw Senator, Ademola Adeleke emerged victorious, questions have been raised on his capability to overcome All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship candidate, Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola for the Osun State Gubernatorial election slated for September 22.

Adeleke, who became senator after winning a by-election, occasioned by the death of his brother in April 2017, won Saturday’s primary by polling 1, 569 votes ahead of his closest Rival, Akin Ogunbiyi, who pulled a total of 1,562 votes.

Popularly known as the ‘Dancing Senator’, Adeleke’s emergence is certain to bring some elements of relief for most people in Osun State considering how he and the late brother represented them at the National level.

With a strong test facing him in the 2019 Governorship Election considering the fact that Oyetola is a cousin to the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, the people of the state would be confused on choice of candidate to replace outgoing Governor, Rauf Aregbesola.

Oyetola, who currently works as the Chief of Staff under Aregbesola’s administration emerged winner of the party’s first-ever direct primary by polling 127, 017 votes to beat Yusuff Lasun, Deputy Speaker of the House of representatives, who recorded 21, 975 votes to place a distant second.

Both candidates are a household names in Osun state and are no strangers to the political know-how of Nigeria and would be desperate to win their way into power come September 22.

 

By Augustine Akhilomen

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