The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, has presented the party’s flag to Alhaji Ademola Adeleke as PDP’s candidate for the Osun West Senatorial election.
Ademola, a younger brother of Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who represented the district at the Senate until his sudden death on April 23, had on Tuesday night defected from the APC based on the intrigues which characterised the process leading to the ruling party’s primary election.
The Secretary of Adeleke Support Group, Alhaji Saheed Afolabi, had told our correspondent that the PDP would not conduct real election but affirmation since all aspirants had agreed to step down for Adeleke.
However, a member of the PDP told our correspondent that the party leaders are still pleading with a former senator to step down for Adeleke.
Meanwhile, the APC has also started its primary election at a venue in Egbedore Local Government but the venue is close to Osogbo, the state capital which is in Osun Central Senatorial District.
The APC primary is also expected to be an affirmation since Adeleke has defected leaving only Senator Mudashiru Hussain as the sole aspirant of the party.
The presentation of the flag, which was done on Thursday, was held at the national headquarters of the PDP in Abuja.
Adeleke described his nomination as significant, adding that the whole state was already in frenzy mood.
Apart from the PDP, he said he had the support of the Labour Party, Accord Party and some members of the APC for the election.
He said, “I don’t know what to say because I’m overwhelmed with joy. I thank God and I thank Allah. We are going to win. The whole state is shaking now because of this ticket because people know our strength.”
In his remark, Sheriff said that the party had submitted the name of Adeleke to the Independent National Electoral Commission, adding that he and members of his National Working Committee would work for the candidate.
He asked the aspirant to “go and conquer Osun West senatorial district. We are going to be part of the campaign because we know you can win and you will win. “
The Osun State Chairman of the party, Mr. Soji Adagunodo, appealed to Sheriff and his team to be part of the campaign, especially the last one which he said would hold in Iwo.
The National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, described the process through which the candidate emerged as democratic.