The Adeleke’s family, whose son, Senator Ademola Adeleke, contested the 2018 Osun State governorship election, have alleged that they were betrayed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The family made this known in a statement signed by Deji Adeleke, elder brother to the PDP candidate, on Thursday.
According to the statement, Senator Adeleke never had the intention of contesting for the governorship election until leaders of the PDP in Osun prevailed upon him to do so.
Adeleke noted that despite their son “most reluctantly” accepting the offer and getting repeated assurances, the PDP leaders failed to ensure that their “promises that were never kept.”
He lamented about the internal party dynamics of the Osun PDP, saying election campaign funds should not be seen as an opportunity by some persons to embezzle without being concerned about the progress of the party.
The elder Adeleke said the PDP should be proud of its efforts, claiming the opposition party won the election but experienced “daylight robbery” in the hands of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The statement read: “I am not a card-carrying member of any political party but I am a sympathiser/supporter of the PDP in Osun State. Osun State PDP will be better off and well prepared for the next general election in the state, if internal democracy is encouraged and enforced.
“All elective positions, including the position of governor of the state, should be open to all members of the party to contest in a transparent primary election. Everyone must be given a sense of belonging, in order to grow the party in Osun State.
“The PDP members that are trading blame within the party should be reminded that the PDP won the governorship election held on September 22, 2018, but was not allowed to take office by the powers that be in the ruling party. Members should be proud that the electorate sided with the party against the ruling party in that election and not blame each other for the daylight robbery that deprived the party of the mandate freely given by the good people of Osun State, which has brought shame and disgrace to Nigeria as a country.”
Expressing his disgust at the way his brother was treated by the PDP, Adeleke said the party’s candidate should be “given a break” to rest and decide on whether he wants to be the party’s candidate in the state’s 2022 governorship election.
“As for the Adeleke family, of which I am one, we will like to remind all the PDP members that Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke had no intention to contest the governorship election in the first place, but was invited and prevailed upon by the party leadership and party elders to contest the governorship election, which he and his family accepted most reluctantly after receiving assurances and promises that were never kept.
“Everything that followed after this, is now history. Senator Adeleke should, therefore, be given a break, to take his well-deserved rest and decide what he will do/not do when the time comes.
“Contributions to an election fund should always be considered a grant, to help deepen our democracy and advance the rule of law, which eventually translates into Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), economic growth and job creation”, the statement read.