Bukola Saraki, senate president, said Adeleke’s defection was caused by a mishandling of pre-election matters in the APC, his party.
The senate president said it should serve as an eye-opener to the APC that the will of the people should be always respected.
The senate president made this known on Wednesday shortly after he had sworn-in Adeleke as the senator representing Osun west.
Adeleke had defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to run as the opposition party’s flagbearer in last weekend’s bye-election.
Weighing in on the turn of events in a Facebook post, Saraki said
“I was filled with emotions today as I swore in the brother of Late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke as senator representing Osun south. I’m sure that my late friend, his family, good people of Ede and Osun West Senatorial District are delighted that the legacy of ‘Guv’ can continue. I am sure my departed colleague will, in his grave, be happy and filled with joy today and always,” the post read.
“My only sadness is that senator Ademola Adeleke is not coming in as an APC member. This is the result of mishandling of the pre-election matters by our party. I hope Senator Ademola Adeleke will very soon return to his natural fold, the APC, where he rightly belongs.
“I hope this development will serve as an eye opener to our party at all levels that the will of the people must always be respected. We all have a good lesson to learn from this.
“Once again, I congratulate Senator Ademola Adeleke and I hope he will live up to his brother’s expectations and further uplift the legacy established by their late father, senator Ayoola Adeleke.”
Adeleke had on Tuesday said he followed all the electoral process and was unopposed in the APC primary election until “they started their manipulation”.