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Osun By-Election: Ademola Adeleke, Brother of Isiaka wins; as PDP floors APC.

Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun West Senatorial District by-election, Ademola Adeleke, and brother of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke has defeated  the All Progressives Congress candidate, Senator Mudashiru Hussain, with total votes of  97, 480.

Adeleke also won in nine out of the 10 local government areas of the Senatorial district.

Hussain, who was preferred candidate of the State’s APC and Governor Rauf Aregbesola, received 66,116 votes.

A breakdown of the LGAs and the votes showed that at Iwo LGA, Adeleke had 12,547 votes as against Hussain’s 12,205. At Ejigbo LGA, Hussain’s stronghold, the PDP candidate got 9,723 votes with his opponent polling 12,229 votes.

Again, the former APC member, led with 9,096 votes with Hussain having 8952 votes in Irewole Local Government Area.

In Ayedire Local Government Area, Adeleke had 5,789 votes while Hussain trailed him with 5,360 votes.

Similarly at Olaoluwa Local Government Area, Adeleke polled 5,618 votes to Hussain’s 5,316.

The PDP candidate with 18,559 votes, led by a wide margin in Ede North Local Government Area as the APC candidate polled 2,784 votes.

It was a similar result in Ede South Local Government as Adeleke polled 13,406 votes while his opponent had 2,096 votes.

In Ayedaade Local Government Area, PDP had 9,061 votes while APC polled 7,179.

Hussain, who polled 4,768 votes in Egbedore Local Government Area, lost to Adeleke who had 7,142; while in Isokan Local Government Area, the PDP candidate led with 6,539 votes, with his APC counterpart polling 5,227.

Election Observers said the by-election was peaceful in many places as security agents including soldiers were present at various points to prevent any breakdown of law and order just as the police on Saturday arrested three people.

The 3 persons were accused of attacking voters as they attempted to snatch ballot boxes Igbokiti Unit Ward 10 in Okinnin, Egbedore Local Government Area.

They allegedly attacked some voters, who prevented them from snatching the boxes.

The political thugs injured some of the people who stopped them. But they were eventually overpowered and arrested by security agents.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Fimihan Adeoye, confirmed the arrest of the 3 persons in connection with the election.

On the outcome of the election, the winner, Ademola Adeleke earlier said, “The process is going on well and I am very optimistic that with God on my side, I shall be victorious.”

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Osun West Senatorial District, Senator Mudashiru Hussain, also earlier expressed hope and confidence of winning the poll.

He said, “I want to laud INEC for their arrangements and also want to want to laud the electorate for their enthusiasm. I am very optimistic of victory.”

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