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OSUN: I never spoke to Aregbesola directly, but his ‘associates’ worked for my victory – Adeleke

SENATOR Ademola Adeleke has said some associates of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, worked for him in Saturday’s election, in which he emerged he Governor-elect.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the election said this in a Channels Television interview last night.

Polling a total of 403,371 votes ahead of incumbent Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 375,027 votes, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Adeleke governor-elect, on Sunday.

Adeleke secured victory in the stronghold of the APC, a development which many attributed to the rift between Oyetola and Aregbesola.

Commenting on this, the governor-elect said, “I did not work with Aregbesola. I didn’t even talk to him, but all I know is his associates, for example, Kolapo Alimi, one of the lawyers that represented Oyetola at the tribunal,” he said.

“Then, anytime I saw him (Alimi) in court, because I’m a civilised person, I will go to them and greet them and say ‘how are you doing?’ It was later he apologised and said ‘he was thinking ‘why is Senator Adeleke greeting me? We are trying to mess him up and he is still greeting me’.

“But he later told me that while I was greeting him, I didn’t know that I was giving them poison. They knew that I won the election and they rigged me out and I was still greeting them. I believe that Aregbesola and Oyetola fell out.

“He (Alimi) came to me and said he has watched me and that he wants to join our party and we accepted. But Aregbesola directly? No. But we know a lot of top APC that joined. Assuming that I had been talking to Aregbesola one way or the other, then I would say that maybe he gave them go-ahead to support me.

“These people have grown; they have their own minds to decide if they want to join me or not. They believed that I was the one to beat and they came to me. I won’t know whether Aregbesola gave them go-ahead or not, because I have not been talking to Aregbesola.”

Adeleke, who wept openly on TV while recalling the times of his older Brother, Isiaka Adeleke, who was first civilian Governor of Osun, paid tribute to the role played by members of his family in his victory.

Acknowledging that he comes from a a very supportive and ‘political’ family, who always watched out for each other, he recalled that their father, who was a Senator in the Second Republic set them up on a strong political pedigree. He said his older brother, the billionaire businessman, Deji Adeleke, his older sister, who he repeatedly called “my Miummy” as well as his nephew, David Adeleke aka ‘Davido’ supported him both materially and morally.

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