The All Progressives Congress’ senatorial slot for Osun West seems not yet sealed for former governor of the state, Senator IsiakaAdeleke, as new aspirants are emerging in the race.
The new entrant into the race is ex-Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state and former member of the Federal Character Commission representing the state, Barrister GbadegesinAdedeji.
It was widely believed that the APC had decided to cede the Osun West senatorial district ticket to Adeleke in compensation for his support for Governor RaufAregbesola’sreelection.
The support of Adeleke who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for APC at the height of the gubernatorial election had tilted the balance in favour of Aregbesola in the poll particularly in the three local governments in Edeland, Adeleke’s hometown and stronghold.
But the present Senator Mudashir Hussein and former Chief of Staff in Governor OlagunsoyeOyinlola’s administration, Mr. Peter Babalol, are also rooting for the APC Osun West ticket.
Adedeji, the Asiwaju of Iwoland, who is also a former chairman of Iwo Local Government, said he joined the senatorial race to advance the course of Osun West in the Senate.
He expressed surprise that since 1999, only Senator Sunday Fajinmi who was elected on Alliance for Democracy platform, had come from Iwo zone when other zones in the senatorial district had been represented twice.
“It is now time for Iwo zone to represent Osun West. We have been shortchanged for too long. We delivered for Governor Aregbesola in the last election and we need to be compensated as well.
“Besides and more importantly, as a former chairman of a local government, former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, member of the just-ended Political Reforms Conference in Abuja and former Chairman of the state Constitution Review Committee, which worked on the state’s proposals to the Abuja conference, I am more than qualified to represent Osun West in the Senate,” Adedeji told WESTERN POST at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Adeleke picked his nomination form to contest for the senatorial seat on Thursday in Osogbo while Babalola followed suit on Friday.