Ademola Adeleke was administered his oath of office by the clerk of the Senate today.
Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), defeated Mudashiru Hussain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday, July 8, 2017.
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Adeleke was administered his oath of office today, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by the clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh.
The Osun-West Senator was presented his certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
In reaction to the swearing-in, Senate President Bukola Saraki welcomed the new lawmaker, saying he was sad that Adeleke had not been elected under the wings of the APC, his own political party.
He said, "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 am sure my departed colleague will, in his grave, be happy and filled with joy today and always.
"My only sadness is that Senator Ademola Adeleke is not coming in 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."
Adeleke defected from the APC to the PDP before the party's primaries after he accused the party's leadership of trying to manipulate the process to hand his opponent, Hussain, the party ticket.