The All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state of Osun, attacked Dr. Deji Adeleke, the father of popular musician Davido, for saying that his brother, Senator Ademola Adeleke, won the election of governor in the state last September.
Deji had claimed that some “people know that their brother won the elections, but he was deprived of his supposed victory for the power that he is.”
In response, APC said the multimillionaire businessman was “totally wrong” with the claim, adding that “if [Ademola Adeleke] really won, he would have been governor today.
“However, the senator is not governor because he lost that election.” In a statement signed and made available to GISTOK on Friday by its Media Director, Barr Kunle Oyatomi, the party said:
“Dr. Deji Adeleke’s statement that his brother, the PDP candidate won the election has no basis in the law or in the facts “and all well-meaning people who believe in the rule of law and the democratic process must ignore it.
“That Deji Adeleke and some other people desperately wanted their brother to win could not make him victorious.
“The most important thing, however, is the fact that at no time during the electoral process did INEC declare Senator Ademola Adeleke the winner.
“Initially, the election stalled because no clear winner emerged due to serious irregularities and violence in the federal districts of Orolu, Osogbo and Ife, which made the votes in seven voting units invalid.
“In the law, when there is such a stalemate, the INEC makes the decision to re-execute the election in those voting units; especially if the total votes in the affected units is more than enough to improve any advantage of either of the two main contenders.
“The PDP candidate lost the relaunch election and, therefore, could not become governor. At that time the case went to the Court for the legal determination.
“Although the Electoral Tribunal in its ruling gave the election to the PDP, the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the country made it clear in their determination of the position of the law that:
“Not only the INEC had the right to declare the stalemate of the first election, the final result of the process produced a clear winner, which is the governor Gboyega Oyetola, the APC candidate.
“Then, legally and in fact, the winner was the APC candidate although by a narrow margin. “Such a choice of relaunch was not peculiar to the state of Osun. Similar situations occurred in some other states before and after the state of Osun.
“Such situations occurred in Imo (2011 and 2015), Anambra (2013), Taraba (2015), Abia (2015), Kogi (2015) and Bayelsa (2015). After Osun in 2018,
the INEC, empowered by the Electoral Law in Section 53 (3), also in March 2019, declared the general elections in Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto inconclusive.
“The winners and the losers emerged after the re-execution and the Supreme Court confirmed the result. Osun’s case, therefore, is not strange.
“For Dr. Deji Adeleke to still be dreaming that his brother won the election, he simply demonstrates that he has little respect for the rule of law and belief in the democratic process.”