Osun Elections To Be Rerun On Thursday
Despite being highly commended by the media and electoral observers as being one of the best conducted elections so far in Nigeria, the Osun State governorship elections ended up being inconclusive. After the peaceful conduct of the elections all across the state, with only just two incidences of ballot box snatching in Orolu LGA, the media, party agents and election observers trooped to INEC office for the offcial declaration of the results.
At the initial stage of the polls result calling which started around 3am Sunday morning, and was streamed live on various media platforms, Ademola Adeleke, the PDP candidate was leading in most units. By the time 13 out of the 30 LGA results have been announced, with PDP besting all other parties with high margins, the PDP supporters started jubliating outside the INEC office, thus causing a slight traffic that early morning.
However, when results of Ife and Osogbo were being called out, APC started closing the gaps with its number of votes. And by 10 am Sunday morning, INEC through its presiding officer Joseph Fuwape, (Vice Chancellor Federal University of Technology, Akure), declared the elections inconclusive because of a margin of 354 votes between the PDP and APC candidates, which was not enough to declare the PDP candidate Adeleke as the winner of the elections. Total registered voters whose votes were cancelled is 3,498, which is higher than the differences between the votes of both leading candidates. And so a rerun is necessary.
However first hand information reaching WakeUpAfrica from Osogbo, has it that SDP governorship candidate Iyiola Omisore has vowed to back Adeleke PDP candidate, in order to ensure they win and push out the APC in Osun State.
As it is now, all the party candidates are scrambling for media attention in a desperate bid to showcase their preparedness to win the Thursday rerun elections. And also to convince Osun citizens to vote for their party, as it is the best option for development of the state.
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