Osun Election: Adeleke Vows To Challenge Oyetola’s Victory In Court

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Osun governorship election, Adeleke Ademola, has accused the All Progressives Congress of rigging the poll and stealing his mandate.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television‘s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloyole, Adeleke insisted that he won the governorship election and that he had evidence to back his allegation of electoral fraud and rigging during the poll.

“I don’t want the APC to know about what we have on them until we get to court,” the PDP candidate said when asked what evidence he had.

“I am so confident,” he added.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Gboyega Oyetola of the APC the winner of the election after he secured got 255,505 votes, as against Adeleke’s 255,023 votes.

But Adeleke insisted that the APC did not win the polls.

As a result, he said the party could not celebrate and are scared because of the evidence he had gathered.

Osun Election: My Life Is Under Threat, Adeleke Tells Diplomatic Missions

Senator Ademola Adeleke

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, has written a letter to diplomatic missions in Nigeria, informing them that his life is under threat.

According to a statement by the spokesperson of his campaign, Olawale Rasheed, Senator Adeleke also informed the missions of a clampdown on his supporters ahead of Thursday’s supplementary election.

Rasheed said the letter was sent to the European Union, the United States embassy and several diplomatic missions in Nigeria and the United Nations.

In the letter, Senator Adeleke criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) for declining to declare him the winner of the governorship election.

The letter read in part, “I am constrained to write this letter to you, our diplomatic partners and friends of despotic happenings in Osun governorship polls which I won but for which I was not declared the winner.

“My life is under threat and leaders of my party are under siege before and after Saturday main polls.

“During the campaigns, we were subjected to countless attacks, I escaped about four assassination attempts.

“Our campaign vehicles were severally attacked, and our rallies disrupted. We went through the pre-election process under constant onslaught from political thugs and merchants of violence.

“Despite the violence-prone climate, I still won the election on live television, our votes were removed and protests for re-addition of the votes were rejected.

“After all the manipulations which saw about 4,000 votes removed from my total votes, I still won by close to 400 votes.”

Adeleke faulted the reason given by INEC for declaring the election inconclusive, insisting that he met constitutional requirement to be returned as the winner.

“In a brazen assault on democracy, the returning officer in open breach of the constitution refused to declare me the winner even after fulfilling constitutional stipulations,” he said.

“The officer erroneously justified declaration of the election as inconclusive based on violence in seven out of about 3,000 voting units across the state. It was a travesty of justice that is under challenge in court of law.”

The PDP candidate called on the international community to intervene and ensure the votes count.

He said, “We count on you to mount pressure on the ruling party to restore people’s mandate in Osun State.

“We make this request because Osun state is the cradle of Yoruba people, denying them their inalienable right to pick their governor is a potent threat to democratic sustainability in Nigeria.

“Our nascent democracy has been under intense pressure and it is not in our collective interest to deepen the national stress index.

“We seek your intervention to prevent another rigging underway in Osun state. I am the holder of the sacred mandate of Osun people. We need the international community to assist Nigeria to make votes count.”

PDP’s Adeleke Votes, Insists He Has All It Takes To Win

 

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Osun governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, has voted.

Adeleke voted Sagba /Abogunde Ward 2,  Unit 9, in Ede North Local Government Area.

The PDP candidate told journalists that he had all it takes to win the election, stressing that if the poll is free and fair he would be victorious.

“I am optimistic about the election and I believe that victory shall be the noise at the end of the exercises”.

He observed that the card reader “took a lot of time” before recognising his card and enabling him to vote.

Adeleke hopes the experience would not be the same at other polling units.

“The card reader took a lot of process before it started working and I hope it’s not same in other polling units,” he said.

He added, “I am very optimistic of victory at the end of the day.”

The PDP candidate said the election had been peaceful and commended the electoral umpire for the efforts made so far in making the election a reality.

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Osun Election: Court Restrains Police From Arresting PDP’s Candidate Adeleke

Osun Election: Court Dismisses Another Suit Challenging Adeleke’s Eligibility
Senator Ademola Adeleke// [email protected]

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Osun state governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, on Thursday obtained a court order, restraining the police from arresting him.

Adeleke had approached a High Court of Justice in Ejigbo, Osun State, after the Police accused him of engaging in examination malpractice and summoned him.

In granting Adeleke’s application, the court made an order restraining the police, “their agents or privies from taking any steps by way of arresting and or detaining the applicant that will infringe on the liberty and freedom of the applicant to prepare for and participate in the Osun State governorship election of the 22 day of September, 2018 and thereafter, pending the determination at the substantive application.”

The announcement by the police on Wednesday that it had filed charges against Adeleke for examination malpractice, aiding and abetting, impersonation and criminal conspiracy was rejected by the Senator’s party, PDP, and his campaign organisation.


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The PDP accused the police of acting the script of the All Progressives Congress, while the Adeleke campaign organisation described the action of the police as a threat to democracy.

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday, said the action of the police was “horrible, nauseating and displeasing”.

“While the PDP is in no way against any legitimate effort by any security agency in the discharge of its duties, we totally reject this unrelenting attempt to use trumped-up charges to take down our candidate, simply because the APC has realised that he is coasting to victory,” Ologbondiyan said.

Alleged Exam Malpractice: Buhari Stops IGP From Inviting Senator Adeleke

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has stopped the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, from inviting the Osun Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Ademola Adeleke.

A source from the Presidency who pleaded anonymity confirmed this development to journalists on Wednesday.

The Police had earlier today invited Senator Adeleke to appear at its headquarters to answer questions bordering on allegations of Examination Malpractice, Criminal Conspiracy, Personation, Breach of Duty, Aiding and Abetting against him.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood, had in a statement summoned Adeleke and four others namely; Mr. Sikiru Adeleke, Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Egbedore LGA, Osun State), Mr. Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (School Staff responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO), Mr. Dare Olutope (School Teacher who facilitated the commission of the crime) to report to the Special Investigation Panel, Force Headquarters, Abuja immediately for arraignment in court.

According to the source, Buhari ordered that Adeleke should not be invited until after Saturday’s election.

The Senator will on Saturday battle with Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Moshood Adeoti of the Action Democratic Party (ADP); Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Fatai Akinbade of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Oshiomhole Mocks Adeleke For Failing To Show Up At Osun Debate

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has mocked the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, for failing to show up for the Osun governorship debate organised by Channels Television on Sunday.

Oshiomhole spoke about Adeleke’s absence at the debate during the mega rally the APC held in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, for Gboyega Oyetola, the party’s candidate for the election.

He said, “I understand that there was this debate that was held a few days ago and one of the aspirants was dancing skelewu while the debate was going on.

“When they asked him, he said his motor broke down. May the government of Osun State never break down.

“If it hasn’t broken down in Aregbesola’s time, it cannot break down in Oyetola’s time.”

His comments come some days after Mr Adeleke failed to show up for the two-hour debate.

Adeleke had been invited to join four other candidates for the debate.

The four other candidates are Moshood Adeoti of the Action Democratic Party (ADP); Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Fatai Akinbade of the African Democratic Congress (ADC); and Gboyega Oyetola of the APC.

Court Dismisses Case Against Osun PDP Governorship Candidate, Adeleke

Senate President Swears In Ademola Adeleke
Senator Ademola Adeleke (file)

 

The Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo has dismissed the alleged forgery case against the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

The presiding judge, Justice David Oladimeji, dismissed the case on Wednesday for lack of merit, as the plaintiffs failed to prove their allegations against him.

Justice Oladimeji held that although the document submitted by the lawmaker has some irregularities, the court cannot stop him from contesting the election.

On July 3, the plaintiffs, Mr Rasheed Olatunji and Mr Idowu Oluwaseun, approached the court contending that the PDP candidate was not eligible to participate in the primary election of the party.

According to them, Senator Adeleke did not possess the minimum educational qualification required.

The plaintiffs, however, prayed the court to set the result of the PDP primary election aside.

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Osun West Bye-Election: PDP’s Adeleke Sings, Dances After Victory

The winner of the Osun West Senatorial bye-election, Mr Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, has celebrated his victory at the polls and hailed the country’s democracy.

Adeleke, who beat Senator Mudashir Hussein of the All Progressives Congress at the poll, celebrated his victory by singing and dancing to a popular Yoruba song, ”Ajekun Iya Ni O Je’, which is now gradually transforming into an anthem for politicians after it was popularised by a sitting Senator, Dino Melaye.

Afterwards, the Adeleke thanked his supporters for coming out in their numbers to hand him victory.

“Everybody came out en masse to vote for me; to vote for PDP. I want to seize this opportunity to thank you all. This is a new dawn in the history of our democracy,” he said.

“Our democracy is growing (to the point) where an incumbent can be there and then the opposition would defeat the incumbent. Our democracy is improving (and) we want to make sure there is no more rigging.”

Mr Adeleke beat Senator Hussein by winning in nine local government areas in the district out of 10 and polling 97,480 votes as against his APC rival’s 66,116 votes.

Ademola Adeleke is the younger brother of Senator Isiaka Adeleke whose death on April 23 led to the conduct of the bye-election.

Adeleke’s Brother Defects To PDP, Gets Osun West Senatorial Ticket

Coalition of PDP Young LeadersThe younger brother to the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Otunba Ademola Adeleke who is an aspirant for the Osun West Senatorial by-election under the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dumped the APC for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

Reports have it that the defection is a ploy to get the ticket to contest the Senatorial seat under the platform of the PDP.

It was learned that some of his supporters within the APC were instrumental to Adeleke’s defection, as he was supposed to contest the APC primaries with Senator Mudasiru Hussein whenever the primaries comes up .

Sources within the PDP confided in our correspondent that some APC leaders who are loyal to late Isiaka Adeleke had been having marathon meeting with the factional chairman of the PDP , Hon Soji Adagunodo and others PDP leaders  in the last 48 hours.

Meanwhile, some of his supporters in his country home are not well disposed to the new  arrangement insisting that he remains within the APC.

It is however not clear when the APC primaries will come up as it has been postponed twice after the National Working Committee of the party upturned the disqualification of one of the aspirants Senator Mudashir Hussein.

Drug Overdose Responsible For Adeleke’s Death – Coroner

The Coroner Inquest into the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke has ruled that drug overdose was responsible his death.

The Coroner, Olusegun Ayilara, in his ruling on Tuesday said that the autopsy and toxicology reports showed there were no traces of poison in Adeleke’s body when he died on April 23, 2017.

“The high dose of sedatives and analgesics with the mode of administration caused aspiration which culminated in death,” the coroner said.

In the course of the inquest, which was instituted by Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, the inquest heard from several witnesses, including Mr. Alfred Aderibigbe, who treated the Senator the morning he died.

Members of the late Senator’s family, however, shunned the summons of the coroner, describing the inquest as a kangaroo inquest.

They also accused the Chief Medical Director of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Professor Akeem Lasisi, of refusing to give them a copy of the autopsy and toxicology report.

Others that appeared before the inquest include the Osun Deputy Governor, the pathologist, who carried out the autopsy, Dr Taiwo Solaja.

Senator Adeleke’s death had sparked violent protests by his supporters with allegations that he was poisoned emerging in the days after his death.

The protests and suspicion of foul play by his family led the state government to set up the inquest.

Nurse Denies Giving Adeleke Drug Overdose

Mr Alfred Aderibigbe, the nurse who administered the drugs on the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke on the day he died, has denied the reports that he gave the late politician an overdose of medications which caused his death.

The nurse defended his actions on Thursday while giving evidence before the coroner inquest set up by the Osun State government to unravel the circumstances leading to the death of Senator Adeleke over three weeks ago.

Aderibigbe, a registered nurse of 25 years who works at the Comprehensive Health Centre Edunabon Town, Ife North Local Government in Osun State as a Chief Nursing Officer, said he had treated the deceased for the past 15 years.

He has been in the eyes of the storm generated by the death of the late Senator Adeleke after being accused of giving the deceased an overdose of medication, a few hours before his death.

Aderibigbe, however, said all the medications he applied on the late senator before his death were in compliance with prescriptions given to him by the deceased.

He said contrary to reports, he only gave the deceased 50mg of analgen and intravenous fluid as well as 10mg of diazepam.

He added that the drugs were usually purchased by the deceased and given to him to keep and administer whenever he feels the pain of the ailment gouty arthritis which the late Senator had since 2009 for which he had been treating him.

He said it was only hydrocortisone that was given to the deceased intravenously, while the diazepam and analgen were given intramuscular‎.
Aderibigbe said, “On the 23rd of April, 2017, I was in my room in my house ‎at about past 4 am when I heard a loud knock on the door and people shouting, I opened the smaller gate and I saw the campaign vehicle of Senator Isiaka Adeleke and some of his aides informed me that the Senator had been calling me.

“I went back in and picked up my phone and discovered that I had 16 missed calls from Dipo Faborode, his friend, the aides and the late Senator himself. I called back, Dipo picked the call then the senator collected the phone from him and asked me to come over to the house immediately with his injections.”

The nurse said when he got to the house, he met the Senator in serious pains and saw some tablets on the floor along with a bottle of water, indicated that he had already taken some pills before his arrival.

He continued, “I asked him and he said he had to use some tablets and when he was not relieved of the pain, he had to call me.

“He later brought out a prescription after which he asked for the drugs which he gave to me on the 17th of April, 2017 to keep for him when he returned from Lagos. I then asked him to give me the prescription to hold but he refused to give to me. I checked his blood pressure, it was 130/80, temperature 37.4, respiration 26 bit per minute, pulse 86.all vitals were okay.”

According to the nurse, he went to the late Senator’s house with (1) 4 ampoules of diazepam of 10mg each (2) 2 ampoules of 50 mg of analgen (3) 1 mill of pentazozin and 2 vials of hydrocortisone and (4) 2 gentamycin of 80 mgs each.

He said Senator Adeleke had insisted that he should give him 40mgs of analgen, but he refused, saying that will be too much.

“So I broke the other three ampoules of the analgen to make him feel like I was going to use it for him but sincerely, I only used 10mg of analgen and I administered it intramuscular and not intravenous as being said around,” the nurse added.

He said thereafter, Senator Adeleke fell asleep and he went to church, returning around 9:30 am only to, along with Dipo Faborode, find the Senator unresponsive.

He said, “I opened the door to the Senator’s room with Dipo Faborode right behind me. I walked up to the Senator when he did not wave back after I called out his name, “My Gov”, expecting that he would be awake by then. But Dipo suddenly told me that his hand moved, so I called out his name but he did not answer, so I moved close to him and I discovered that he had just very faint breath.

“I quickly rushed to give him first aid of “cardiac massage,” but I noticed that he didn’t respond at all so, we screamed and other aides came in, took the car out and they drove off to Biket Hospital where we were received by Dr Adenle Adebisi and the body of the senator was carried out on a stretcher.

“Afterwards Dr Adenle pronounced him “brought in dead” then everyone began to scream and from then on I became very traumatised; I did not give him an overdose of drugs.”

Adeleke’s Family Rejects Autopsy Result, Considers Legal Action

The family of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke says it is consulting lawyers and considering all legal options available to address alleged unprofessional conduct by the medical practitioners at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital.
The younger brother of the deceased, Dr Deji Adeleke, said this while addressing journalists over the statements made about the autopsy by the Chief Medical Director of LAUTECH, Professor Wale Lasisi, when he appeared before coroner inquest.

Doctor Adeleke faulted the decision of the LAUTECH CMD to furnish the inquest with the details of the autopsy report without first giving a copy of the report to the family which ordered the autopsy in the first case.

He added that even after the CMD had told the coroner the cause of Senator Adeleke’s death, no copy of the report was given to the family.

Doctor Adeleke said, “We state as at now, the family has not received the autopsy report and the family will not engage in speculations over its contents.

“However, it has come to the knowledge of the family that the Chief Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Prof. Akeem Lasisi, on May 15, 2017, appeared before the Kangaroo Inquest set up by the Osun State Government and gave evidence of the cause of death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, when neither the family has been briefed nor the autopsy report released.”

According to him, this is despite the promise by the CMD that the autopsy report will get to the family on May 15.

He said, “On the 9th of May, 2017, the family requested the autopsy report after the expiration of the agreed two weeks’ period for completion of same. The CMD, Prof. Akeem Lasisi, who claimed to be away in Abuja at the time, confirmed that the Autopsy report was ready and that a copy was with the Chief Pathologist at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital.

“Alarmed at such a position, the family queried why a copy given to the family that ordered the autopsy was only conducted at the Nigeria Police Forensic lab in Lagos. The CMD then promise to send a copy of the Autopsy Report to the family upon his arrival from Abuja on Monday, May 15th, 2017.

“The family waited all day on the said Monday for the CMD to revert as promised to no avail. The family then called the CMD at 5:14 pm of the same Monday, 15th May, 2017, to remind him to send the autopsy as promised. The CMD changed the story again, saying that the report was not ready.

“When asked by the family for when the report will be finally ready, he responded, ‘As soon as possible’.

“Unknown to the family this same CMD had already appeared and testified under oath before the Osun State Inquest earlier the same day where he testified conclusively that the cause if the sudden death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke was as a result of ” banned injection overdose” given to him, relying on 3rd party “here say” instead of a forensic Toxicology report.”

As a result, Doctor Adeleke said the family has rejected the report and would take necessary action.

“The Adeleke family hereby puts it on record, that based on the high level of unprofessional conduct already displayed by CMD of LAUTECH, the integrity of the “Yet to be ready” autopsy must have been seriously compromised,” he said.

“Finally, the Adeleke family is consulting lawyers and is considering all legal options available to address this unfortunate and unprofessional conduct exhibited by the medical practitioners in this matter.”