By JAMES EZEMA
After counting of votes in Saturday’s Osun West Senatorial bye-election, the results from the polling units indicates that the election may have been lost by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mudashiru Hussain if the trend in released results at polling units continue.
Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), according to actual results declared at various collation centres in the state may be cruising home to victory as unofficial results show that Adeleke, brother of late Isiaka Adeleke, swept the two local councils in his home town of Ede. He also won Egbedore and Ola Oluwa councils.
Unity Times gathered that the projections in other local councils has been giving the APC government in the state a heartbreak. It was further gathered that the state Governor Rauf Aregbesola, is on his feet to see how the situation can be salvaged.
According an APC bigwig and close ally of the governor told newsmen that “Though collation is on, projections are not favourable for our candidate, even as we await results from some units.”
Adeleke had wanted to run on the APC platform to replace his brother, a member of the APC, who died on 23 April and was initially cleared for the election by the party and his opponent, Mudashir Hussain was disqualified because of the allegation that he failed to resign his commissionership position with the time allowed by law.
But National Working Committee of the party later overturned Hussain’s disqualification and cleared him to contest in the primary election and with Adeleke fearing that he would be outsmarted in the scheduled primary, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party.
In the run-up to the election on Saturday, it was clear that certain political sentiments would prevail as the late senator was planning to run for the governorship election in 2018 before his sudden death.