Unofficial results of the Osun West Senatorial bye-election held on Saturday indicate that the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Ademola Adeleke has defeated the All Progressives Congress candidate, Senator Mudashiru Hussain, with total votes of 97, 480.
Mr. Adeleke won nine out of the 10 local government areas to thrash Hussain, who was Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s anointed candidate. Hussain polled 66,116 votes.
The outcome of the by-election, which was generally peaceful, must be embarrassing to Governor Aregbesola and the APC government at the center. It might be a prelude of what may come in 2019 as Nigerians are angry with the government of President Muhammadu that has failed to deliver on its campaign promises.
A breakdown of the results show that in Iwo Local Government Area, Adeleke had 12,547 votes as against Hussain’s 12,205. In Ejigbo Local Government Area, Hussain’s stronghold, the PDP candidate with 9,723 votes trailed his opponent who polled 12,229 votes.
Also in Irewole Local Government Area, the former APC member, led with 9,096 votes with Hussain having 8952 votes in Irewole Local Government Area.
Adeleke also took Olaoluwa Local Government Area with 5,618 against Hussain’s 5,316.
It got more embarassing for the APC candidate in Ede North, where Adeleke got 18,559 votes, with Husssain getting only 2,784 votes.
Ede South followed Ede North as Adeleke polled 13,406 votes while his opponent had a meagre 2,096 votes.
In Ayedaade Local Government Area, PDP had 9,061 votes while APC polled 7,179.
Hussain, who polled 4,768 votes in Egbedore Local Government Area, lost to Adeleke who had 7,142; while in Isokan Local Government Area, the PDP candidate led with 6,539 votes, with his APC counterpart polling 5,227.
Speaking earlier on the conduct of the poll, Adeleke had said, “The process is going on well and I am very optimistic that with God on my side, I shall be victorious.”
Senator Mudashiru Hussain of the APC, who was eventually defeated also praised INEC for its good performance.
He said, “I want to laud INEC for their arrangements and also want to want to laud the electorate for their enthusiasm. I am very optimistic of victory.”
As at the time of filing this report, the APC candidate, Hussain, as typical in Nigeria, is yet to concede defeat.