President Muhammmadu Buhari says the emergence of Senator Ademola Adeleke of the People’s Democratic Party, as the winner of the Osun state governorship election is an indication of the mid of the people.
Buhari said this on Sunday in a congratulatory message to Ademola Adeleke, the governor-elect.
He added that the success of the election was an exhibition of stakeholders’ commitment towards reinforcing the country’s democratic processes.
Adeleke had stunned the incumbent governor, Gboyega Oyetola, to win the election, reversing the outcome of a matchup between both men in 2018.
He secured 403,371 votes, 28,344 more than Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 375,027 votes, to emerge victorious.
Hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the outcome of the poll, the President stated that the will of the electorate must always prevail.
“With the election over, the President expresses the conviction that the people of Osun have expressed their will through the ballot, and the will of the people must always matter and be respected in a democracy,” President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
“President Buhari notes that the successful conduct of the election is further testimony to the maturity and commitment of all stakeholders – the electoral body, security agencies, political parties, the media, civil society, and the electorate – to further strengthen the integrity of the electoral process in the country.
“The President reassures the nation that the commitment of this administration towards having credible elections remains unshaken.”