The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has called on party members in the state to close ranks to rescue the state from the All Progressive Congress.
Addressing his maiden press conference since the conclusion of the party’s primary,Adeleke affirmed that all party members must return to brotherhood as Osun people are patiently waiting to rally round the party for victory at the polls.
He urged fellow aspirants to forget the bitterness of the primary and join hands with him to defeat the APC in September.
Senator Adeleke spoke further at the press conference:
“In recent times, the media space has been awash with fake news of various dimension. Peddlers of falsehood have taken over public space feeding the public with falsehood and misinformation all in a calculated attempt to mess up our strong family name as well as weaken our party; the PDP. And people have been wondering why I have maintained my golden silence.
“I chose to remain quiet since the conclusion of the governorship primaries for two reasons; First is my unchanged belief in party supremacy and utmost respect for the leadership of our great party.
“The second reason is because the issue of my qualification and eligibility as a governorship candidate has been a subject of litigation until yesterday. Now that a judicial pronouncement confirming my qualification and eligibility to contest has been made, the time is now right to speak on the matter.
“For the records, let me reiterate the obvious and easily verifiable fact that I attended Ede Muslim Grammar School between 1976 and 1981, My school mates are everywhere, and some are even here with me. While in school I was a lover of people as well as football, so I was very popular. After graduating and upon my return from the United States of America, I was elected the President of the Alumni Association of this same school until recently.
“Those questioning my attendance at the school are clearly being mischievous and deceptive. Let the fact sink that I was a very popular student of the school and a strong member of the Alumni Association.
“My school mates are here around me
“I also must express my gratitude to the judiciary for upholding the truth despite the pressure. It is now clear and proven that I did not forge any certificate or testimonial. In any case how can I forge a testimonial that simply attests to the fact of my attendance at the school?
“I recognize the concerns the electorates will have as to my competence and capabilities to run and rescue our dear Osun state from the mess we have found ourselves at the hands of Aregbesola, every candidate seeking to be governor must be subjected to this competence test and I make bold to say that my records of service and achievements as a Senator representing Osun West in just one year will answer the questions and lay your minds to rest.
“Since I got the privilege of your mandate to be elected as Senator, I have worked assiduously and tirelessly to deliver to my constituents, within 12 months I have promoted 2 Bills and moved a motion of national importance on the floor of the red chambers, my motion for community policing is receiving widespread acceptance and debates nationwide. In addition, I have executed 18 people impact projects across the 10 Local Government Areas that make up Osun West Senatorial District.
“As a PERFOMING SENATOR, I have proved that I have capacity to deliver on set programs and agenda, performance and people impact is the best answer to any question about competence or capability and we have answered that loudly with our results. My passion and commitment to the betterment of the lives of the good people of Osun remains unmatched and that is what is scaring my detractors, they know the people can feel our positive impacts and are eager to vote PDP in, they are afraid of the monumental loss that awaits them come September 22nd, 2018.
“Now that legal pronouncement has been made, now that the party internal mechanism has been exhausted, it is time for all PDP members and leaders to unite and work for victory in September. Electoral contest can be bitter and rancorous. After protests and grievances will come reconciliation and brotherhood. It is time to place the masses’ interest above personal considerations. Osun people are earnestly waiting on PDP to deliver them from this oppression and poverty, as the hope of the Osun masses, We cannot afford to disappoint them.
“Please permit me to say this. I am fully prepared to deliver good governance if elected into office come September. What Osun people desperately desire now is eradication of poverty, workers’ welfare, tackling of crippling debt, job creation among others.
“My good people of Osun state I know how to deliver on your expectations. I am one of you, I grew up here and live amongst you, therefore I know where the shoe is pinching you. If I can deliver as a Performing Senator, I will definitely deliver efficiently as Governor of our dear state.
“I promise I will be a peoples’ governor I am committed to you, please rally round us. There is light coming to end this darkness of poverty and suffering”,the PDP candidate affirmed.