Senator Isiaka Adeleke, the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in Osun, says a great battle lies ahead in the September 22 election in the state.
Adeleke, in a statement on Monday in Osogbo, said that his emergence as the PDP candidate marks the beginning of a divine move to redeem the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adeleke, representing Osun West Senatorial District, scored 1,569 votes during the party’s governorship primary on Friday in Osogbo.
Adeleke, who described the primary election as a brotherly contest, congratulated his closest rival, Akin Ogunbiyi, who scored 1,562 votes.
He said: “I congratulate Dr Akin Ogunbiyi and his hard-fighting team for running a good and impressive campaign.
“It was a brotherly contest in our collective strive to redeem our state. It is, therefore, no gainsaying that we are all winners.
“It is now time for unity and I extend my hand of fellowship to all stakeholders.
“Please let us all work together in the best interest of our party and the good people of Osun who keenly and earnestly look up to us for their liberation and empowerment.
“Once again, congratulations to the PDP family and the good people of Osun state.
“We have once again blazed the trail by demonstrating to all undemocratic forces how powerful the will of the people can be.”
Adeleke , who won the senatorial election on July 9, 2017, after the demise of his brother, Isiaka, would contend with Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, who emerged as the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress.
Late Adeleke was representing Osun West Senatorial District before his death on April 23, 2017.
Oyetola, who is Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s Chief of Staff, scored 127,017 votes to clinch the party’s ticket.