The Oasis Reporters
February 20, 2019
Omofadipe Olawale, Chief Security Officer to Senator Ademola Adeleke regained freedom after 6 days in the captivity of the Nigerian Police.
His principal, Senator Ademola Adeleke was the People’s Democratic Party, PDP gubernatorial candidate for the Osun governorship election last year and was on his way to winning when the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC cancelled under controversial circumstances, the results in some constituencies.
The unpopular action of INEC fueled anger, thereby forcing the election into a rerun, as a way of possibly assisting the ruling APC party, catch up with a few more votes to enable it win. A win that was heavily criticised by International and local Observers who affirmed that the second round was heavily militarized and the opposition party, PDP supporters were violently prevented from exercising their right to cast their votes.
The outcome has been the subject of a lengthy court case, but meanwhile, Gboyega Oyetola, the APC candidate and relative of the party chieftain, flamboyant former governor of Lagos state, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been sworn in as governor. Should the Tribunal decide the case in favour of Ademola Adeleke, Mr. Oyetola would be expected to appeal against the ruling until it gets to the Supreme Court. It’s final decision would indicate who the legitimate governor of Osun state actually is.
No reasons have been given for Omofadipe Olawale’s incarceration and subsequent release to the Press in Osogbo, the State capital, but many view the arrest and detention as part of the general acts of intimidation against the Adeleke camp.