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Adeleke claims that Aregbesola’s men worked for her during the Osun election

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The governor-elect of Osun state, Ademola Adeleke, claims that some of Rauf Aregbesola’s acquaintances worked for him during the election.

On Monday, Channels Television aired an interview with the incoming governor.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Adeleke was named the victor of the Osun governorship election on Sunday.

In order to defeat his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who received 375,027 votes, Adeleke received 403,371 votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the election inconclusive after determining that the number of cancelled votes — over 3,000 — outweighed the margin between the two parties. The governor-elect had run for office in 2018 and polled ahead by fewer than 400 votes.

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Oyetola finally was elected governor after winning the rerun, and even though Adeleke contested the results, the supreme court affirmed Oyetola’s victory in the vote in July 2019.

Different people have responded differently to Adeleke’s victory. Some political observers claim that the rivalry between Oyetola and former Osun governor Aregbesola was a factor in the APC’s loss.

Aregbesola and Oyetola had a disagreement before the election over who would lead the Osun APC.

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The minister did not participate in the election and stayed away from the party’s campaign in the state.

Regarding the assertion that Aregbesola was a PDP supporter, Adeleke asserted that he had not collaborated on the governorship campaign with the minister.

I didn’t collaborate with Aregbesola, I didn’t even get a chance to speak with him, but all I know about him are his friends, like Kolapo Alimi, one of the attorneys who defended Oyetola in court, he added.

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Then, because I’m a civilized person, whenever I saw him (Alimi) in court, I would go up to them, welcome them, and ask how they were doing. Later, he expressed regret and said, “I was wondering why senator Adeleke was greeting me. He is still wishing me well while we are trying to confuse him.

“However, he later admitted that I didn’t realize I was poisoning them while I was extending a greeting to him. They manipulated the election knowing I would win, but I was still wishing them well. I think Oyetola and Aregbesola split up.

“He (Alimi) came to me and asked to join our party after watching me, and we agreed. But specifically Aregbesola? No. However, we are aware of many prominent APC members who joined.

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“If I had been communicating with Aregbesola in any way, then I would claim that perhaps he gave them permission to back me.

“These folks have developed; they are capable of making their own decisions about whether or not to join me. They came to me because they thought I was the one to beat. Since I haven’t been spoken to Aregbesola, I won’t be able to tell if he gave them the okay or not.

When asked how he felt when Oyetola and Aregbesola split, the governor-elect replied that he thanked God for the situation while acknowledging that it helped him win.

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God is good, I said. Aregbesola and Oyetola were the conspirators at the time. They were a unit. Kolapo Alimi was honest when he said that they had robbed me. Even the president admitted that they won the election by using a remote control when he visited, he said.

 

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