The candidate of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last year’s governorship election in Osun, Senator Ademola Adeleke has received a heavy blow.
Adeleke is locked in a fierce legal battle with Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the ruling party over the top seat following the outcome of the governorship election held in the state in 2018.
The hard knock on Adeleke came as the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said that he is unfit to govern the state.
According to Daily Post, the party, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Kunle Oyatomi, said the scandals surrounding Adeleke’s personality and qualifications were embarrassing, which informed the reasons why some PDP members approached the court for clarity over his eligibility to hold such public office.
The APC said, “Adeleke’s personality is problematic and embarrassingly scandalous in regard to his educational qualifications. “If the PDP as a political party is not embarrassed by the scandals surrounding Adeleke’s personality and qualifications, some of its members are concerned enough to seek clarity in court. But for the PDP through its chairman, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, to turn around and accuse the APC of instigating PDP’S members, led by Mr Ajayi Shuaib, to seek clarity in court appears dumb to us.
“Let’s remind the PDP that when Adeleke was rejected by the APC years back for the senatorial election, the PDP adopted him within hours and dumped their best qualified and professional minds. However, what they did not factor into their hasty adoption was the potentially obvious down sides of the young man. They did not really think it through,” the APC said.
The APC castigated the PDP for failing to take responsibility for the baggage it invited to their party because it was desperate to win election. “We have no interest in Adeleke. We rejected him long ago. Now that the PDP is discovering why the APC dumped him, it is just reasonable that the PDP carries its cross,” it said.
The APC maintained that, “the PDP is still living in darkness. No matter how hard that party tries, it cannot get Osun people to repeat the tragedy of 2003.”
The legal battle between Adeleke and Governor Oyetola has moved up to the Court of Appeal where the Governor won the case.
Adeleke has vowed to proceed to the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment of the Court of Appeal.
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