OSUN GOVERNORSHIP: ADELEKE SENDS EMMISSARIES TO TINUBU, PLANS DEFECTION TO APC

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The embattled governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, is not leaving any stone unturned to retain his seat following his removal by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which ruled that the election that brought him to office did not comply substantially to the provisions of the law.Since that time, the dancing governor alongside his elder brother, Dr Deji Adeleke, has put machinery in place to speak to the conscience of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to cease further actions aimed at installing his nephew, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, immediate past governor of the state.Oyetola, 68, insurance tycoon, enjoys good relationship with Tinubu, said multiple sources, having, over the time, proven himself to the president-elect as a trustworthy confidant.

Sources confirmed Oyetola was in-charge of Tinubu’s business interests during the NADECO’s era and the accountability the former Osun governor exhibited solidified their familial and business partnerships.Given this quality relationship between the two family members, it was difficult for the emissaries sent by Deji Adeleke last year to convince Tinubu to game his nephew.

However, since the Tribunal ruling, and emergence of Tinubu as president-elect of Nigeria, efforts have been intensified to persuade Asiwaju to soft-pedal for Ademola Adeleke, to continue in office.It is believed that the president-elect has influence to mobilise the government structures to make the demand possible.In return, the Osun governor would activate his political structure in PDP to rejoin the All Progressives Congress.Recall Ademola Adeleke’s elder brother, Isiaka Adeleke (Serubawon) was a governor under the platform of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, the same party that produced Tinubu as senator in 1992 and from that time, they shared decent political comradeship.Again, in 2014, when there was imbroglio in the Osun PDP, Tinubu made the defection of senior Adeleke to APC seamless.Isiaka was elected APC senator in 2015 and he and his brothers were in APC until the untimely death of Serubawon in 2017 when Ademola rejoined the PDP.So his plan to rejoin the APC, the sources disclosed, is regarded as home-coming.To give more life to their argument and make Oyetola’s case undesirable, the Adelekes are working around the clock to win all the 26 house of assembly seats in Osun State to project Ademola as the choice of the people whose mandate should not be tampered with.

They reason that emphatic wins in the March 11’s elections in the state would help the strategy of the emissaries, led by a popular billionaire from Kano, aimed at persuading the Jagaban of Borgu to consider their appeal.

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