Osun State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Engr, Oluremi Omowaiye on Wednesday said Senator Ademola Adeleke, the former governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state cannot defeat him in any election, not to talk of defeating Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.
Adeleke who left Nigeria shortly after the last election to pursue higher educational qualifications in the United States returned to the state last week where he declared interest in the Osun 2022 governorship election. He also asked Governor Oyetola to start preparing his handover notes.
Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent, Omowaiye said Adeleke and his supporters are daydreaming if they believe that what happened in the 2018 governorship election, when the All Progressives Congress (APC) had a tough time in defeating the PDP will repeat itself again.
According to him, the APC went through a tough time in the 2018 governorship election due to the problems and disenchantment with the people which had piled up as far back as 2015.
He said “Ademola (Adeleke) cannot defeat me in any election not to talk of Governor Oyetola. If I run with him today, he cannot defeat me. What happened in the 2018 governorship election was a build-up to the challenge our party had. In 2015, we lost two House of Reps seats. In Osun East senatorial district, we lost two House of Reps seats”.
“In December 2015, a House of Assemblymember died who represented Ife Central State constituency, Oladejo Makinde died. We had a rerun in 2016 and our party, APC came third. In 2017, when the late Senator Isiaka Adeleke died, we held an election in Osun West senatorial district and we lost 9 out of 10 local governments. So, we shouldn’t have expected any magic in the 2018 governorship election”.
“Don’t also forget that there were a lot of crises in the state which built up till the governorship election in 2018. We had issues of salary modulated payment, religious crisis when students were wearing cassocks, Muslim regalia and masquerade outfits to school. We were also having a regular crisis with the organised labour in the state”.
“This is Oyetola’s third year in government and there has not been a single labour crisis. In fact, during the last May Day rally, the workers endorsed the governor for a second term”.