Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola has justified the decision of his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) to return Senator Mudasiru Hussain to the Senate, following the death of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke.
He revealed that the party withdrew the Senate ticket from Husain in 2015 to save the late Senator Adeleke from political humiliation.
Aregbesola stated this while addressing members of the APC, during the campaign for the candidate of the party, Senator Hussain, at the market square in Ejigbo.
“We withdrew ticket from Husain to rescue Adeleke from political humiliation, restore his dignity. It is pertinent to clear the air that, Husain was asked by the leadership of the APC in 2015 to withdraw his senate ticket for late Senator Isiaka Adeleke who we felt sober about the humiliation being meted out to him by his former party.
“We took this decision unanimously by the leaders of our party because at that time APC was the only party that could rescue late Senator Adeleke from humiliation.
“The action was taken to restore the already lost dignity, integrity and political relevance of late Adeleke who had been humilated in PDP.
“As we all know, Adeleke had already defected to APC and the only thing the party considered as honourable to compensate him and wipe off the degrees of humiliation being given him was to give him the senate ticket.
“To me, we wonder how harm has been done to anyone on this because what the party did was the best even despite the fact that Husain felt cheated. We talked to him, begged him and he remained loyal to the party even to this present moment,” the Governor said.
Aregbesola added: “It is important to let people know why our party resolved on Husain as its candidate because since we withdrew Senate ticket from Senator Mudashir Husain, we have been making several efforts to give him particular political appointment but not actualised.
“While doing this, we never thought of death to anyone neither we had a premonition that there would be a vacancy at the Osun West Senatorial District, but when God’s will took our Senator, then the party unanimously agreed to sponsor Husain as a means to pay him for his extreme loyalty and commitment to the party.”