By Sunday Oguntuyi, Osogbo
The Chief of Staff to Governor Ademola Adeleke, Alhaji Kazeem Akinleye has expressed his gratitude to the residents of the state for their unalloyed support for the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and Governor Ademola Adeleke before , during and after Saturday March 18 state House of Assembly election.
Akinleye emphasized that the outcome of the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections and March 18 state assembly polls are the attestation to the general acceptability of the party and Governor Adeleke by the people of the state.
The Chief of Staff in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, Osun State capital, noted that the March 18 state assembly elections in the state was conducted under the peaceful atmosphere saying people of the state despite the intimidation and harassment by the main opposition electorate still deemed it necessary to exercise their franchise.
The Ede born political mobiliser said with the outcome of the poll PDP have now had total control of the house saying this would as a matter of fact pave way for good governance in the state.
“I want to express my profound appreciation to the people of Osun state for coming out impressively and cast their votes for all PDP candidates. As a matter of fact, the outcome of the presidential and state house of assembly elections is an attestation to the general acceptability of our party and our amiable governor, Governor Ademola Adeleke.
“Osun residents really stood by us before, during and even after the polls. Despite the intimidation and harassment meted out on them by the main opposition, they still deemed it necessary to exercise their franchise. Osun people you’re indeed lovers of development.
“I want to appreciate them for their resolute and for standing firm. They trooped out during the February 25 elections to ensure all our candidates emerged victorious and the recipocate same in Saturday March 18 state assembly election.
He, however assured the people of the state of dividend of democracy, promising that they would not be disappointed.
PDP sweeps assembly polls
Meanwhile, the PDP won 25 of the 26 House of Assembly seats while the leading opposition party in the state, the All Progressives Congress, APC, won one.
The official result announced across the collation centres in the state showed that the PDP won majority of the seat while that of Boripe/Boluwaduro constituency earlier suspended till Sunday was won by the APC.
Result of Ife-Central and Ife-East constituency was announced at INEC head office in Osogbo due to what the commission ascribed to security issues.
PDP won in Ife-Central, Ife-East, Ilesa-West, Ilesa-East, Atakumosa-East/Atakumosa-West Ifelodun, Egbedore, Ife-South, Ife-North, Ola-Oluwa, Irewole/Isokan and Ila state constituencies.
Other constituencies where the PDP won include, Ifedayo, Osogbo, Olorunda, Irepodun/Orolu, Obokun, Oriade, Iwo, Odo-Otin, Ayedire, Ede-North, Ede-South, Ayedaade and Ejigbo state constituencies.
The APC was declared winner in Boripe/Boluwaduro constituency that was eventually announced this morning.
Meanwhile, the Governor of the state, Adeleke has expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the people of the state over another landslide victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the just concluded state assembly elections.
In a statement issued on Sunday morning, Governor Adeleke celebrated the uncommon and unprecedented chain of victories the PDP had secured in Osun state from July 16, 2022 to February 25th, 2022 and the huge victory of Saturday March 18th, describing the outcomes of the elections as “complete embrace of PDP by Osun people for good governance and responsive leadership.
” My good people of Osun state, you have honored me and my party with another remarkable victory at the assembly elections. You have passed an excellent vote of confidence in my administration and my party by a series of electoral mandates in the last three elections. I went round the state with my scorecard under 100 days and you responded by endorsing my party’s candidates for legislative offices.
” You listened to my request for assembly members of my party who will work with me to deliver our five point agenda. Your trust in me to deliver on our election promises have been expanded and strengthened. Your verdict on my performance is loud and clear- you have approved of our people-focussed governance and our demonstrated will to resolve all outstanding challenges inherited from the previous administration.
” I have come to say a big thank you. Like I used to sing, ‘Ese eku itoju min, momore’. We will not take your approval, endorsement and solid backing for granted. Myself and my team will rededicate ourselves to the urgent task of state building, of service delivery and of delivery of dividends of democracy.
” Because your electoral endorsement is uncommon in the political history of Osun state, my performance must be extraordinary. And so it shall be now and all the time. Thank you for giving me all that I need to serve you more.
” To my brothers and sisters in opposition, I extend hands of fellowship and brotherhood. Join me to build a new Osun state. Support the will of the people as repeatedly demonstrated in the last three elections. As genuine democrats have no power except what the people will, I urge all lovers of democracy to enter the Imole train.
” Osun people need all, within and outside her political class, to unite for state development. You will find in me a listening and responsive State Chief Executive. Our administration will remain committed to an open, consultative, inclusive and transparent governance.
“We will govern with fear of God under rule of law for the collective interest of all Osun people irrespective of political or religious affiliations. Let all rest assured that there is no victor, no vanquished”, Governor Adeleke posited.