- Senate president, Bukola Saraki, stated that he was certain that Ademola Adeleke’s constituents would be happy that he would be able to carry on with his late brother’s legacy
- Saraki acknowledged the fact that Adeleke was coming into the Senate as a member of the PDP due to the mishandling of the pre-election matters by the APC
- He urged the newly sworn-in senator to return to his ‘natural fold’, where he claimed Adeleke truly belonged and challenged the APC to learn lessons from the development
In his welcome message to newly sworn-in senator, Ademola Adeleke, the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, appealed to Adeleke to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a press statement posted on his Facebook page welcoming Adeleke into the upper legislative chamber, Saraki lamented over the fact that Adeleke was coming into the red chamber on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In the statement released on Wednesday, July 12, titled “Welcoming Senator Ademola Adeleke To The Red Chamber”, Saraki expressed his sadness over the events which made Adeleke gravitate towards the PDP.
He stated: “I was filled with emotions today as I swore in the brother of Late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke as senator representing Osun west.
“I’m sure that my late friend, his family, good people of Ede and Osun West Senatorial district are delighted that the legacy of “Guv” can continue.
“I’m sure my departed colleague will in his grave be happy and filled with joy today and always.
“My only sadness is that Senator Adeleke is not coming as an APC member.
“This is the result of mishandling of the pre-election matters by our party.
“I hope Senator Ademola Adeleke will very soon, return to his natural fold, the APC, where he rightly belongs.
“I hope this development will serve as an eye opener to our party at all levels that the will of the people must always be respected. We all have a good lesson to learn from this.
“Once again, I congratulate Senator Ademola Adeleke and I hope he will live up to his brother’s expectations and further uplift the legacy established by their late father, Senator Ayoola Adeleke.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Bukola Saraki swore in Ademola Adeleke who was declared winner in Saturday’s Osun West bye-election.
Adeleke took his oath of office as a senator on the floor of Senate.
Adeleke's emergence helped the PDP number in the Senate rise to 42, with APC still standing higher at 66.
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