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Peter Obi congratulates Adeleke, defends Labour Party’s performance

Ademola Adeleke, the newly elected governor of Osun State, has received congratulations from Peter Obi, contender for the Labour Party’s presidential nomination.

According to reports, the Peoples Democratic Party’s nominee Adeleke was named the winner of the Osun governorship race by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

In a hotly contested campaign, Adeleke defeated the incumbent, Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, with a total of 403,371 votes, according to Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the returning officer for the election and vice chancellor of the University of Lagos.

He said, “I declare Adeleke Ademola Jackson Nurudeen, on behalf of the chairman of INEC, of the PDP, having satisfied the requirement of the law, is hereby declared the winner and he is returned elected.”

The PDP won 17 of the state’s 30 local government areas, while the APC took 13 of them, according to the total votes tallied by the electoral umpire.

Ifelodun, Boluwaduro, Egbedore, Odo Otin, Osogbo, Ila, AtakumosaWest, Olorunda, Ilesa West, Obokun, Oriade, Orolu, Ife North, Irepodun, and Ejigbo LGAs were won by the PDP in addition to Ede North and Ede South.

At the same time, the APC prevailed in the local government areas (LGAs) of Boripe, Ilesa East, Ayedire, Ifedayo, Ife Central, Ayedaade, Iwo, Olaoluwa, Isokan, Atakumosa East, Irewole, Ife South, and Ife East.

However, the former governor of Anambra State, commended Lasun Yusuff, the LP candidate for governor in the state, on his “resolve” in a message he sent on Sunday night in response to Adeleke’s victory.

He said, “I congratulate the Labour party candidate, Rt. Hon Lasun Sulaimon Yusuff and his running mate, Adeola Adekunle Atanda, for a hard-fought battle and their spirit of resolve and sportsmanship, despite the outcome.”

Justifying the party’s performance, obi said, “To the Obidient Movement Family and our supporters nationwide, the outcome of this particular election is not a verdict on our exponentially growing strength nationwide, especially when viewed against the fact that we are barely one month old in the party and we had to contend with forces that have been entrenched in the state for the last two decades.

“However, within this very short period of only a few weeks, the Labour Party has made its presence and political impact felt nationally.

“We must strengthen our collective resolve not to relent in our noble march to take back our country. Much work remains to be done, hence we must focus the totality of our efforts now on the forthcoming 2023 General elections.

“In the fullness of time, our message of rescue and recovery will resonate throughout the length and breadth of the Nation and most Nigerian electorate will buy in into our mission to take back Nigeria, for the purpose of rescuing it from continued decline, shift the National psyche from consumption to production and from sharing dwindling resources to creating wealth and frontally combating poverty. – PO”

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