…Falade secures SDP Senatorial Ticket.
There was wild jubilation at the Osun West Senatorial Headquarters in Iwo when Ademola, the junior brother of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, picked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket to contest for the vacant seat left behind by his brother.
He had hurriedly defected to PDP after the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja cleared Senator Mudashiru Hussein to contest the party’s primaries.
Adeleke’s emergence became possible when two other contestants for the ticket, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi and Mr. Olayiwola Falabi, stepped down for him.
Adeleke scored 336 votes in the Senatorial primary election held in Iwo.
This has cleared the way for Adeleke to square up against Hussein in the July 8 bye-election, which is going to be a proxy way between Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the Adeleke family.
In another development, Hon Bade Falade won the Social Democratic Party (SDP) ticket for the same Osun West senatorial election. He polled 15 votes to beat Mr. Rasheed Adeyemo who scored 12 votes.
Adeleke had earlier been screened and given clearance by the APC screening and election committee while Senator Hussein, who is the preferred candidate of Governor Aregbesola, was disqualified.
The NWC of the party, however, upturned the report of the appeal committee, which equally sustained the disqualification of Hussein.
The upturning of the decision of the screening and appeal committee by the NWC of the party gave Ademola suspicion that the primary election might not be credible and transparent.
At this point, Adeleke approached PDP for screening and was cleared less than 24 hours to the party primary.
At the APC primaries, which held at Egbedore Local Government Council in the state, only Hussein was in the election and was set to pick the ticket.
At Iwo where the PDP held its primaries, Senator Olasunkanmi and Olayiwola Falabi stepped down for Adeleke after addressing the delegates.
When both Falabi and Olasunkanmi announced they were stepping down for Adeleke there was wild jubilation at the venue.
In his concession speech, Olasunkanmi said other aspirants had decided to step down for him but he had to step down after calls from various quarters.
He said the party had promised that Osun West would produce the governorship candidate next year.
He said he was stepping down in the party’s interest and not for Adeleke.