The road to yesterday’s governorship election in Osun State was very rough for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke, aka Jackson. Though Ademola, who became a senator through a bye-election following the death of his elder brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, is not entirely a neophyte in politics, he literarily began to experience the other side of the game the moment he emerged the candidate of the PDP for the Osun guber election.
His closest rival in the contest, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, had alleged that the election was rigged in Adeleke’s favour and rejected the result. The squabble dragged on until September 5, when Senate President Bukola Saraki brokered peace.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Osun State election which held on Saturday as inconclusive.
The commission says this was so because of issues encountered, adding that it would announce a fresh date for the supplementary election.
The issues, the INEC said, led to the cancellation of votes at Orolu Local Government,Ife South LG, Ife North LG, Osogbo LG resulting to the loss of 3498 votes.
After a largely peaceful governorship poll Saturday in Osun State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced the announcement of the results about 4 am today. The results so far declared showed that the two main candidates, Senator Ademola Adeleke of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress (APC) were neck and neck, with APC winning in 13 local government, and PDP having 12 local government areas, and Social Democratic Party (SDP) winning one local government. But PDP led in the popular vote tally by about 15, 000 votes as at the time of going to press.
By Nwafor Sunday The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Sunday announced that the Osun gubernatorial election which was earlier declared inconclusive would hold its re-run on Thursday, 27 September.
Disclosing this after due consultation with political parties’ agents at the INEC office in Osogbo, the INEC’s Chief Returning Officer in Osun State, Joseph Adeola Fuwape, according to DailyTrust, opined that PDP secured a total vote of 254,698 with APC candidate seconding with 254,345 votes. PDP used a margin of 353 votes to top APC. Details later:
By Nwafor Sunday Following the declaration of the governorship election in Osun state as ‘inconclusive’ by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Nigerians on Sunday took to the various social media to pour out their minds and lay their opinions bare over the reason given by INEC for declaring the election inconclusive.
A polling unit in Osun (Illustration).
Thugs have invaded a Polling Unit in Orolu Local Government Area (LGA).
The Osun governorship election is holding today, Saturday, September 22, 2018.
According to Punch, the incident was also confirmed by the Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr, Olusegun Agbaje.
Senator Ademola Adeleke, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has won his polling unit as vote counting began in Osun state. Osun election: PDP’s candidate, Adeleke casts his vote He polled 154 votes, while the APC candidate Gboyega Oyetola polled 35 votes. Candidates of Social Democratic Party and Africa Democratic Party got two votes each. Adeleke voted in polling unit 2 ward 9 in Ede North LGA.
The result was tighter Ward 3, Polling unit 5 in Boluwaduro Local Government. The APC candidate was tied 17 votes apiece in the result declared. The SDP candidate got 16 votes, the ADP 12 votes, while APP and NEPP candidates got one vote each. Sixty four votes were cast here, three of which were voided.
Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in Osun State, Dr Iyiola Omisore, expressed confidence that he would win the election despite irregularities.
Addressing newsmen after casting his vote, he claimed he got reports from across the state that a lot of things were going wrong.
He said he got reports that three All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs in police uniforms were arrested.
He said the card readers failed to work in several places, while voting materials were yet to arrive in some as at 11am.