Osun by-election: INEC issues certificate of return to Adeleke
The Independent National Electoral Commission has issued the certificate of return to the winner of Osun Senatorial by – election, Mr Ademola Adeleke.
The INEC National Commission Prince Adedeji Soyebi while presenting the certificate , on Tuesday , in Abuja assured that the commission would continue to improve on the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the country.
INEC on Sunday declared Adeleke of the Peoples ’ Democratic Party the winner of the by – election held in 10 local government areas of the senatorial district .
The winner , who is the younger brother of the late Sen . Isiaka Adeleke , polled 97 , 480 votes to defeat former Sen . Mudashiru Hussein of the APC, who scored 66 , 116 votes .
Adedeji advised citizens to always create the enabling environment for peaceful elections for the commission .
He commended the people of Osun West for their peaceful conduct during and after the Saturday election, saying that they have set precedence for Nigeria election .
“ I must commend the people of Osun South West for the way and manner they conducted themselves in the election.
“ They conducted themselves in a peaceful , friendly and ideal atmosphere for elections . They have set a role model or standard for others to emulate .
“ The people of Osun have shown us how elections should be conducted, ” he said .
Adedeji said that if the citizens conduct themselves in peaceful way as the people of Osun West did , the work of the commission would be easier .
He thereafter presented the certificate of return to Adedeji.
Responding , Adeleke commended INEC for conducting the election in a free, fair and credible manner .
The senator- elect also commended his constituents for their support and the way they created a peaceful atmosphere for the election.
Adeleke in an interview with newsmen pledged not to disappoint the people of the state that elected him .
He pledged to introduce free medical care and free interest microfinance in his constituency.
He advised the party never to discard a candidate with winning potential.
The senator- elect said that he was glad for the PDP that gave him a platform to contest and he won.
“ I followed all the electoral process and I was declared unopposed in the primaries until they started their manipulations .
“ I used to be in the Peoples ’ Democratic Party and I am back home now .
“ My interest was in APC, but it was when I got there, we discovered that they don ’ t practice democracy , ” Adeleke said .