Imbroglio In PDP, Ede: Fresh Tussle Looms Over Adeleke’s Ambition

By Kehinde Ayantunji

Indications have emerged that the interest of the Adeleke’s family to put Senator Ademola Adeleke, representing Osun West Senatorial District forward in the governorship race might pitch the politicians of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) extraction who are indigenes of Edeland against themselves and on the long run create a fresh bad blood within the PDP.

A source within the town said that the interest of Adeleke has started clashing with that of the former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Adejare Bello,  as the supporters of the latter believed that it was a display of greediness to put the senator forward again for the governorship race.

One of the supporters of Bello who pleaded anonymity told OSUN DEFENDER that though, Adeleke’s family has impacted positively on Edeland, but what they had got in return were far more than what they had offered, saying, “Is it the Adeleke’s family alone that we have in Ede”.

“For instance, the father of the present Adeleke’s was a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke was a governor in this state and he later came back to become a senator for two terms.

“After the demise of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, his younger brother, Senator Ademola Adeleke took over and nobody quarrel with that because his election served as compensation to the family for the death of the late senator.

“While we are not denying the fact that the family has done so well and that the senator has the constitutional right to contest, it must be noted that not only Adeleke family has done well for Edeland, there are individuals like Adejare Bello and so many others, as well as groups who have done the same.

“When Ademola Adeleke was contesting for the seat he currently occupies, Bello and many other prominent individuals of Ede supported him, and it will now be high level of greediness to see that the senator is coming up with another ambition”, the source stressed.

Meanwhile, it would be recalled that it was recently alleged that the state PDP Chairman, Honourable Soji Adagunodo has endorsed the candidature of Adeleke for the governorship race, and the state chairman has subsequently denied the allegation, saying, all the aspirants would be given a level playing ground at the primaries.

But inspite the denial of the party chairman, loyalists of some of the aspirants have insisted that the party chairman’s body language shows that he is still rooting for Adeleke, as the Adeleke family is seeing to have the financial capacity to prosecute the election.

It was gathered that it was based on the assurance of the chairman and the handwriting on the wall that prompted the defection of a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Fatai Diekola’s defection to the PDP.

Osun 2018: PDP Denies Conceding Ticket To Adeleke

By Ismaeel Uthman

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State of Osun, Hon Soji Adagunodo has denied the allegation that he has conceded the governorship ticket of the party to Senator Ademola Adeleke who is representing Osun West Senatorial District at the Senate.

Adagunodo said the allegation was unfounded and far from the truth, saying that the process for the gubernatorial primaries of the PDP has not started.

Speaking with OSUN DEFENDER in a telephone interview on Wednesday, Adagunodo said it was unreasonable for anybody to allege or conclude that he wanted to manipulate the primary process in favour of a particular aspirant when the process was yet to start.

“How possible is that allegation when the process has not yet started. We have our party constitution and guidelines which we are yet to start implementing. Senator Ademola Adeleke just dropped his letter of intent on Tuesday. That allegation is unfounded”, he said.

He maintained that the PDP would follow the party’s constitution and guidelines for the conduct of the gubernatorial primaries, promising that all the governorship aspirants would be given a level playing ground.

Adagunodo also dismissed the insinuation that the PDP, Senator Adeleke and his brother Dr Deji Adeleke have penciled down the former commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Sunday Akere as deputy governorship candidate of the party.

There were insinuations that the Adeleke family, PDP and a section of the aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had entered into an agreement to use Akere as a running mate to Senator Adeleke who is supposed to be the PDP flag bearer.

The PDP chairman while reacting to the matter said: “We would be happy to have as many as possible members of other parties to join us and some to collaborate with us to deliver Osun and send the APC packing in the state.

“But as I speak with you, Sunday Akere has not open discussion about him joining our party with me, not to talk of negotiating position with him.

“Please let me make it clear that what is paramount to us as a party now is to have an acceptable candidate as our flag bearer”.

Osun 2018: Ademola Adeleke’s Son, B-Red Jumps The Gun

DMW crew member and singer B-Red has always been known for a lot of bragging since he got into the industry, but his latest comment might cost his father who has a governorship ambition in the State of Osun.

The singer went on his social media page to brag that any woman who refused to marry him was a fool, as he was the son of a senator and soon to be Governor.

This came shortly after his dad Senator Ademola Adeleke declared his intention to contest the September 22 governorship election in the state. Senator Adeleke is only popular in the news as a ‘dancing senator’ and uncle of music star Davido, which has left citizens of the state of Osun skeptical about his intentions.

With the son’s latest post, fans and haters of the singer have gone ahead to say that it was obvious what he’d do to the state’s resources if his father’s dreams’ come to pass.

 

Osun 2018: Dancing Senator Ademola Adeleke Writes PDP, Declares Intent

The senator representing Osun West Senatorial District, senator Ademola Adeleke has written the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP of his intention to contest under the platform for the September 22 governorship elections in the state.

Adeleke who has been seen as the “dancing senator” submitted his letter of intent at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja dated Monday, 16th April, 2018, resting all speculations about his intention.

Adeleke won the July 7, 2017 bye-election conducted after the death of his elder brother, late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke who was also rumoured to be nursing governorship ambition until his death in April last year.

See the full letter below:

 

Ademola Adeleke Seeks Senate Approval To Invite IGP On Community Policing

The lawmaker representing Osun West Senatorial District, Senator Ademola Adeleke, at the plenary on Tuesday moved his first motion at the Senate, leading to the invitation of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to make recommendations on how to introduce community policing in Nigeria.

The motion, which was unanimously adopted by the Senate, was entitled, ‘The Need to Post Junior Cadre of the Nigeria Police Force to Their States and Local Government Area to Enhance Community Policing in Nigeria.’

Granting the only prayer of the motion, the lawmakers resolved to “direct the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to invite the Inspector General of Police to suggest ways and means of actualising community policing.”

In the motion, Adeleke recalled that the colonial masters came to Nigeria and met the people without western education but with well established monarchy that governed the citizens internally, with security operations that safeguarded lives and properties within the various ethnic groups in the country.

He pointed out that the colonial masters inherited already established institutions of law and order strengthened by traditional rulers through moral uprightness and sanctions that encouraged the submission of the subjects to native authorities across the country.

Adeleke said, “It is desirous that the lower ranks of the Nigeria Police – Constable to the rank of Inspector – be posted to their respective states of origin to improve and impact positively on community policing through synergy with vigilante groups and traditional rulers to address the current state of insecurity in the country.

“The Senate is aware that there have been calls for the creation of state police in order to proffer a lasting solution to the perennial security challenges due to the ineffectiveness or outright bias of the Nigerian Police Force in carrying out their national assignment.

“The Senate is further concerned that the disconnect between the Nigeria Police and the various communities with their different cultural values and orientation created a vacuum that needed to be filled through community policing in order to avail the federal police the opportunity to concentrate on its primary duties of detection, prevention and prosecution of crime at the national level.”

Senators Emmanuel Bwacha, Samuel Egwu and Sola Adeyeye, who supported the bill, pointed out that community policing was long over due for the country.

Ademola Adeleke Denies Interest In Osun Governorship

The Senator representing Osun West Senatorial District, Ademola Adeleke has distanced himself from those jostling for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP for September’s Governorship Election in the state.

In a statement by Dele Adeleke on his behalf, the senator said contrary to the report of an online medium that he plans to declare a governorship ambition very soon.

Senator Adeleke said rather than contest, efforts to settle the crisis within the PDP is his priority.

The statement reads “The Senator appreciates the flow of goodwill and love from well wishers across the state but this story from “SPEARGIST” is nothing but falsehood.”

“Senator Ademola Adeleke remains committed to his mandate and topmost on his priority list remains the unification of our party and the healing of wounds that the protracted division had caused.”

“Let no one stain the good memories of our dearly beloved departed brother and leader of the masses; Alh Isiaka
Adetunji Adeleke with cheap politicisation of a day to honour him.”

PDP Will Rescue Nigeria From Bad Governance – Makarfi

By Toba Adedeji

The National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, says the party is the only veritable alternative to rescuing the country from its present hard time ocassioned by the All Progressives Congress bad governance.

Makarfi said this in Ede, State of Osun on Wednesday at the award of scholarship to indigent students from Osun West Senatorial District by Senator Ademola Adeleke as part of his election promises.

Adeleke who defected to Peoples Democratic Party from the All Progressives Congress during the build up to July 8 Osun west senatorial election in the state has since become a rallying point for the divided opposition party.
According to Makarfi, “With the PDP. We are going to have good-time governance under rain under shine. No doubt we had our problems but we will not run away from it.

” What we have now is a government and a party of denial. Anything you say even when they know is the truth, they will still find excuses , they will never accept that they erred. When you don’t accept that you erred, there is no way will correct the mistakes for the benefit of the people. In PDP, we err and we accept it.

“Nigeria has suffered enough and God will emancipate Nigerians by returning the PDP to power both at the Federal and at the state levels.”

Makarfi  expressed happiness towards the promise of scholarship kept by Senator Ademola Adeleke adding that PDP would be fulfilling every promise made to Nigerians.
Markarfi urged members of the PDP, who had defected to return home while also appealing to those, who were yet to join the party to do so and join them to rescue Nigeria from suffering.

While speaking at the event, Sen. Adeleke appealed to PDP in Osun to close ranks and work together for a common goal as the 2018 governorship election in the state is drawing closer.

He said, ” This is the greatest challenge, that all well meaning members of the PDP in the state, should saddle themselves with by closing ranks with a view to presenting a credible and sellable candidate that will effortlessly win the governorship election and take over the Bola Ige House, Abere.

“Let us, as a party avoid rancour, mudslinging, pull him down syndrome and other vices, that may endanger, God forbid, our chances of winning the 2018 governorship election.”

Adeleke appealed to PDP leaders who were yet to sheath their swords to do so and work for the party to win the poll and bring succor to the people of Osun State

Watch New Video Stunt of Dancing Senator, Ademola Adeleke

A new video of senator representing Osun West district, Ademola Adeleke, has emerged where he was seeing as usual dancing and singing at a church.

 

News reveals that the video footage which just emerged on social media shows lawmaker leading the congregation in Yoruba and Igbo choruses as he moved from one end of the church to the other. This elicited reactions from the worshippers.

 

The pastors on the podium were obviously entertained as they were seen whispering to one another. Not even members of the choir could match his pace. It is not clear when the video was released.

 

Recall that in 2014 governorship election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, he was with his late brother, Sen Isiaka Adeleke who decamped from PDP to APC. His present at the campaign then was noticed because of flare for dance and was nickname then ‘Skelewu’

 

Watch the video below:

Oyinlola, Adeleke’s Dancing Video Goes Viral, Raises Poser

By Ismaeel Uthman

The speculation that the former governor of the State of Osun, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola might defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been further restated with the video of the former governor dancing with Senator Ademola Adeleke of the PDP.

Oyinlola was said to have hosted Adeleke who is representing Osun West Senatorial District at the Nigerian Senate and other members of the PDP on Tuesday in Okuku.

In the 46 seconds video were former Speaker of the Osun House of Assembly, Hon Adejare Bello and former Chairman of Osogbo Local Government, Mr Teslim Igbalaye who is a loyalist of Oyinlola.

Both Oyinlola and Adeleke were dancing to a background music track of Chief Ebenezer Obey where he said ‘o ma se oju tele gan o’ (it is a pity, the mocker has been put to shame).

One of the people in the video was heard saying ‘no video, no video’, that is, nobody should film the dancing moment.

The video which has gone viral on the social media has regenerated the rumour that Oyinlola, the former National Secretary of the PDP was planning to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for his former party.

Recently, Oyinlola, through the former Secretary to the Government of the State, Alhaji Kazeem Adio, dismissed the defection rumour, saying that he is still loyal to the APC.

Adio in the press statement said: “Prince Oyinlola is a major stakeholder in the party (APC); remember he was the secretary of the New PDP, a key component of the APC at the formative stage, he is also a member of the party’s Board of Trustees. He not only remains in the party but has also been silently working very hard to ensure its growth, stability and unity in the face of recent challenges,” the statement read.

“As a leader in Osun State who is at home with all segments of the society, Prince Oyinlola’s major concern at the moment is how to strengthen the party, make it get closer to the people and continue to make their welfare a priority. The people of Osun State can get their interest better served by remaining with the APC.”

 

Osun West: Why The APC Lost

The Osun West senatorial bye-election has been concluded and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won the contest, but series of analysis that followed the contest have shown that the election was not won by the popularity and efforts of the party which was considered to lack the necessary structure to win the contest, rather through the combine effort of the aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the senatorial district.

Lots of intrigues and surprises trailed the Saturday, July 8 bye-election held in 10 local government councils of the senatorial district, as the ruling party lost the councils known to be its stronghold to the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke to defeat his APC opponent, Mudashir Husain.

The outcome of the senatorial bye-election revealed that the opposition won in nine out of the ten local government councils, leaving the ruling party with just a local government from where the candidate, Husain; the State House of Assembly Speaker, Najeem Salam and the House of Representative member, Mojeed Alabi all hail from.

The PDP, under which the junior brother to the former occupier of the seat, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke defeated the ruling APC with a margin of 31,364 votes. Ademola Adeleke won with 97,480 votes, while Senator Husain of the APC scored 66,116.

However, while all indications from the onlookers before the bye-election showed that many members were not favourably disposed to the candidate of the APC candidate, the political calculation of the leadership of the party showed that the popularity of the ruling party, coupled with the disharmony in the PDP would give its candidate the edge.

It would be recalled that Husain’s clearance to participate in the election, was the beginning of the crisis having been disqualified by the screening committee as well as appeal committee set up by the national leadership of the party, before he was eventually cleared by the National Working Committee in Abuja.

Having fraternised with the PDP earlier, according to a source within the opposition party, it was easy for Ademola Adeleke, who is now the Senator-elect to defect to the PDP on the eve of its primary election and obtained the party ticket in a matter suggesting an already planned deal.

His defection however became a blessing for the opposition, as the factional groups used the opportunity to bury their differences and came together as a united force to tackle the ruling party. His coming to PDP resurrected the party from its grave, as no one ever thought that the party could be united again.

However, it was a general though that the performance of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, particularly in the area of infrastructural development should be able to swing the pendulum of victory in favour of APC, but the thought was deflated and the election sprang surprise, which swung in favour of the PDP.

Findings revealed that in all the local government where the PDP won, majority of APC members, a source said, have issues with the government as well as the party leadership in the state with the way some executive members of the party treat members across the state.

A source close to the APC secretariat said, “The choice of the candidate for APC is another factor that could have been responsible for what could be described as protest vote. The party failed to take into cognisance the zoning arrangements in politics, even when family succession as in the case of Adeleke was also not tenable in political arrangement”.

Meanwhile, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has congratulated the PDP candidate, Dr. Ademola Adeleke saying with the result of the poll, “people