By Danjuma Aliyu and Abdul Tukur
Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke is on course to wining the Osun West Senatorial District byelection.
The election was called following the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The APC fielded Mudashiru Hussain as its candidate, despite calls for support from party members for Ademola, who wanted to run on the APC party platform to replace his brother at the Senate.
A shock exit poll shows that the brother of the popular deceased senator, who defected to the Peoples Demcratic Party, PDP before the election received 97,480 of the votes, while his nearest opponent got 66,116. He won nine out of the 10 Local Government Area, LGAs in Osun West.
Among the LGA won by the PDP candidate are Ayedire LGA (5,360), Egbedore LGA, Irewole LGA (9,094 Out of 18,338 votes) Iwo LGA (12,205), Ede South LGA (13,406 Out of 15,648 votes), Ede North (18,559) and Ola-Oluwa (5,618 Out of 11,238 votes).
The result will be a big blow to the state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola. Ogbeni Aregbesola, whose tenure ends next year has faced many petition from workers over unpaid salaries.
Adeyemi Oke, a Twitter user said: “The #Osunwestdecides results is what happens when you don’t pay salaries.”