The Osun State Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke has predicted victory in the July 16th Governorship election, calling for blacklisting and sanctioning of election riggers to protect democracy.




Speaking while receiving a delegation from the United States Embassy led by Brandon Hudspeth (Political /Economic  Section Chief), at his  Ede residence, Adeleke said,’’ if elections are held today, I will beat Oyetola with wide margins.


‘’Our people are determined to restore the 2018 stolen mandate. This time around, our margin of victory will be so strong that election riggers fail in their evil plans.




What we advocate and seek support for is a free and fair election’’, the guber. hopeful stated.



Adeleke who decried the growing threat to free and fair elections in Africa and in Nigeria in particular urged the imposition of crippling sanctions and individual blacklisting of leaders and election candidates who perpetrate election violence and rigging.



‘’The major threat to the survival of democracy in Africa and Nigeria, in particular, are election rigging and political violence.




‘’The electoral process is under threat from merchants of violence and election riggers. They are scared of People’s voices and so they invest only in violence and manipulations. The international community  must ensure  there is a consequence to deter these threats to democracy.’’




‘’Incumbents and candidates who sponsor and promote violence and rigging should be blacklisted, sanctioned, and have their assets frozen.




This is the only way to save democracy from those who are afraid of the ballot box.  The whole world remembers how I was violently rigged out in 2018. We cannot allow history to repeat itself.




I am committed to a violent free campaign and a free and fair election. I will campaign on these major areas namely agriculture reforms for job and wealth creation, financial empowerment for businesses to grow the local economy, functional educational reforms targeting skills and entrepreneurship, accessible and affordable health care programmes as well as labour intensive infrastructure policy.



‘’We have the confidence and mass support of Osun people. If an election is held today, I am sure of a landslide victory against the incumbent.  But we need a diplomatic community to adopt that call for sanction against election riggers.


We need deterrents and this has to be comprehensive. this has to be done to save democracy in Africa’’, he noted.


Speaking earlier, the leader of the American delegation, Mr. Hudspeth said the United States supports democracy and wants it to take strong roots in Africa and other parts of the world, assuring that democracy promotion and support is a major plank of America’s foreign policy.




He said the United States supports its allies in its democratic journey through training and support for electoral institutions and stakeholders.



According to him, they are in Osun State to impress it on the candidates to submit to violence-free campaigns and free and fair elections, adding,’’ this is our message to you and other stakeholders’’.





While assuring that the train will visit again before the election, he commended the endorsement of a violence-free election by Senator Adeleke even as he assured that the messages of the candidate will be conveyed to the Ambassador.


Other members of the delegation include Janine T. Lewis(Political Officer), Halima Abubakar(Civil Society and Media Specialist), Sterling Roop(Democracy Officer)




Senator Adeleke’s team who received the delegation include Rev. Bunmi Jenyo, Hon. Niyi  Owolade Esq, Akogun  Lere  Oyewumi and Adekunle Adepoju, the Personal Assistant to Senator  Adeleke.





Mallam Olawale Rasheed,

Director, Media, and Strategy,

Sebatoe Ademola Adeleke

Campaign Organisation( SAACO)

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