PDP gubernatorial candidate in Osun state Ademola Adeleke has come forward to explain why he was absent at the 2018 Osun governorship debate which held in Osogbo on Sunday.
It was reported that his seat was surprisingly empty throughout the two-hour debate.
The publicity director of his campaign organisation, Olawale Rasheed,spoke to newsmen on Sunday night, and explained how the highway was blocked by some members of some communities who had been subjected to severe hardship and neglect by the present administration .
“To our surprise, while we tried to skip the small towns and villages as we made efforts to meet up, they started trooping on the road; As I am talking to you now, we are just entering Osogbo,” Rasheed explained.
“We did the same thing at Ikirun, trying to avoid some villages, then we had a backlash from the voters, they insisted that they wanted to hear the man (Adeleke) personally speak to them.
“The last village that we attended at Ife East, they were complaining that they had had no light for years, they trooped to the road and blocked our path and this was around 7.30 p.m.
“What we did was to send a message to a correspondent of Channels, and later I sent a message to Seun Okinbaloye (Channels presenter). We are just entering Osogbo now as I speak to you.
“It is not that we are intent on not attending, no. We need to reach the voters and need their votes. And when they block the road and they say you can’t go, what do you do?”
He explained further that Adeleke since reaching the people was fundamental would help to defeat an incumbent government, Adeleke had no choice than to reach out to them.