Senator Adeleke
Senator Adeleke

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the upcoming Osun Governorship Election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has disclosed why he did not attend a governorship debate.

Adeleke had failed to attend the debate organised by Channels Television for the contenders.

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Concise News learned that the debate started with the candidates of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Moshood Adeoti; Social Democratic Party (SDP), Iyiola Omisore and African Democratic Congress (ADC), Fatai Akinbade present.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Gboyega Oyetola arrived late for the debate.

While Oyetola arrived after the national anthem had been recited and the three candidates had introduced themselves, reading their profile, Adeleke, on the other hand, failed to show up for the debate.

Speaking on Monday through the Director of Media and Publicity of his campaign organization, Olawale Rasheed, the lawmaker said he missed the debate organized for candidates because his campaign train was held up in a village where his supporters didn’t allow him to leave as scheduled.

Rasheed said: “According to him, the plan was to proceed to Osogbo immediately after the campaign tour of Ijesha and Ile Ife zones. We communicated as much to the organizers of the debate”.

“However, from one village to the other, rural voters blocked the campaign train and we were held up. From Ilesa zone to Ile Ife zone, the rural visitation dragged late into the night. It would have been politically suicidal to ignore those people in the villages.

“The campaign schedule has been very tight in addition to the frequent attacks by opposition thugs. We find it necessary to satisfy both urban and rural voters as we are all stakeholders in the electoral process.”