Senator Adeleke: Why I was absent for Osun debate

Why I was absent for Osun Debate.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party,
Ademola Adeleke, has explained why he was absent
at the 2018 Osun State governorship debate which
held in Osogbo, the state capital on Sunday.
Adeleke’s seat was empty throughout the two-hour
He said he did not refuse to show up as widely
believed, but was “held up by the electorate in the
places where he had gone to campaign on Sunday.”
Adeleke was one of the five candidates picked and
invited for the debate which featured the All
Progressive Congress candidate, Gboyega Oyetola;
ADP candidate, Moshood Adeoti, ADC candidate,
Fatai Akinbade and SDP candidate, Iyiola Omisore.
Speaking to newsmen on the phone on Sunday
nght, the publicity director of the Adeleke campaign
organisation, Olawale Rasheed, said while they
were on their way to Osogbo, a community where
they had gone to campaign blocked the highway.
He said they (community) had been marginalised
all these years and that there had not been
developments in their area.
“To our surprise, while we tried to skip the small
towns and villages as we made efforts to meet up,
they started trooping on the road; As I am talking
to you now, we are just entering Osogbo,” Rasheed
“We did the same thing at Ikirun, trying to avoid
some villages, then we had a backlash from the
voters, they insisted that they wanted to hear the
man (Adeleke) pers
onally speak to them.
“The last village that we attended at Ife East, they
were complaining that they had had no light for
years, they trooped to the road and blocked our
path and this was around 7.30 p.m.
“What we did was to send a message to a
correspondent of Channels, and later I sent a
message to Seun Okinbaloye (Channels presenter).
We are just entering Osogbo now as I speak to you.
“It is not that we are intent on not attending, no.
We need to reach the voters and need their votes.
And when they block the road and they say you
can’t go, what do you do?”
He added that Adeleke made efforts to reach the
people, “given the fact that reaching the people was
fundamental in defeating an incumbent

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