Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State says he felt ridiculed contesting against Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in last year’s governorship election in the State.
Adeleke, who replaced Isiaka, his elder brother as representative of Osun west senatorial district, was referred to as “dancing senator” especially on social media, because of his skills.
Speaking while receiving the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) led by Prof Yemi Farounbi, Oyetola hinted that Adeleke ought to have been screened out of the race.
He said the lack of control in Nigeria’s electoral system gave his PDP opponent the opportunity to run against him.
“The country’s electoral system is weak, especially regarding the screening of candidates which gave room for somebody like Ademola Adeleke to contest for governorship seat of the state,” he said.
“Sometimes when I sit down and realise that I was actually contesting with Adeleke, who is best at dancing, I felt ridiculed, very ridiculed. It would have been a tragedy for our state if the whole thing had turned the other way round.
“Anybody that is seriously concerned about the development of the state would at least be interested in whoever is going to pilot the affairs of the state.
“One wonders why the country’s electoral laws would have allowed that guy to even contest in the first instance. We don’t have control. Even in the north where we believe they’re disadvantaged in terms of education, they put in the best always. See whoever goes for any political office in the North is always the best of their stuck.”
Farounbi said he visited the governor to congratulate him over his victory at the Supreme Court.
Adeleke lost his bid to unseat Oyetola through the court, although many have criticised the decision of the apex court to rule on a technicality rather on the merit of the case.