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WE WERE HELD BY ELECTORATES IN A COMMUNITY! Adeleke explains his absence at #OsunDebate



Senator Ademola Adeleke, a gubernatorial hopeful under the People’s Democratic Party platform has explained why he was absent at a debate for Osun State governorship candidates organised by Channels Television.

Adeleke whose questionable absence generated criticisms on social media said he was held up by some electorates in a community during his campaign in the state on Sunday.

The publicity director of the Adeleke campaign organisation, Olawale Rasheed, told journalists that while they were on their way to Osogbo, a community where they had gone to campaign blocked the highway.

Mr. Rasheed said the community demanded that Senator Adeleke address them because they had been marginalised in the past and there have not been developments in the area.

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He further revealed that contrary to the speculations that he deliberately missed the debate, he sent a message to Channels presenter, Seun Okinbaloye, explaining their predicaments.

Rasheed said;

“We were held up by the electorate in the places where he had gone to campaign on Sunday.”

“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 explained.

“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) personally 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 government.”

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WuzupNaija had reported that all candidates were present for the #OsunDebate except Senator Adeleke.

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The governorship candidates are Fatai Akinbade, African Democratic Congress (ADC); Moshood Adeoti, Action Democratic Party (ADP); Gboyega Oyetola, All Progressives Congress (APC); Ademola Adeleke, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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