The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Gboyega Oyetola, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, as the Governor-elect of Osun State. After collating results from the supplementary election which held in seven polling units across four council areas on Thursday, the returning officer, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, declared that the APC candidate, Alhadji Gboyega Oyetola,
The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Gboyega Oyetola, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, as the Governor-elect of Osun State.
After collating results from the supplementary election which held in seven polling units across four council areas on Thursday, the returning officer, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, declared that the APC candidate, Alhadji Gboyega Oyetola, won the governorship election by scoring a total of 255,505 votes while Senator Ademola Adeleke of the PDP polled 255,023 votes.
The supplementary election was, however, described as falling below standard by many observer organisations and diplomatic missions, who pointed out shortcomings such as violence and over militarization of the election venues.
The INEC announced final result has also been rejected by Senator Adeleke who came second, his political party, the PDP, and the Coalition of United Political Parties, among others. Before the supplementary election, Adeleke had a lead with 353 votes.
At the final collation of results in Osogbo, the PDP agent, Mr. Dele Adeleke made attempts to revisit “observed errors” in some of the previously collated results leading to a short-change of his candidate’s votes in some of the local council areas.
The PDP in its rejection of the result noted that the actual margin of win against Oyetola of APC in the first election was 4,740 and not 353 as announced by INEC. The party said that INEC added 2,000 votes to what the APC polled in Osogbo and 1,387 to what it scored in Olorunda. The PDP also alleged that 1,000 votes were deducted from what Adeleke scored in the Ayedaade council area.
Some agents of the other political parties, however, resisted every attempt to revisit the previously announced results urging whoever feels aggrieved to advance to the next stage which is the Election Tribunal. The Agents also said the supplementary election went smoothly without violence and therefore credible and acceptable to them.
The United States Consul General in Lagos, Mr. John Bray, who monitored the election in Osogbo describe the process as credible. He said he did not observe any malpractices or violations of the Electoral Act in Unit 17, Ward 5, of Osogbo where the supplementary election took place. He, however, said he would not be in a position to comment on what was going on in other units where election was taking place.
But in another joint reaction by the European Union, United Kingdom and the United States, they collectively agreed there was intimidation during the exercise.
The Civil Society Situation Room in a statement observed that “the election was heavily policed and other security personnel including the Army, overwhelmingly deployed across the seven polling units”. It said: “observers reported incidences of violence and gunshots and attacks against opposing political sides with supporters of a particular party being prevented from voting.
“In a polling unit, the smart card reader did not verify some PVCs and yet ballot papers were issued and votes allowed to be cast. There were reports of agents with large sums of money apprehended around the polling units and alleged fake observers”
The Situation Room concluded that “it is clear that the circumstances that led to the cancellation of the elections in the seven polling units where the elections were re-run including violence, also repeated themselves in most of this election, raising questions on why the results were obtained under these conditions should now stand”
On its part, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in a statement said it has “carefully observed the governorship rerun election in Osun state with a conclusion that the conduct of some key stakeholders clearly ran contrary to democratic norms and standards , as well as best practices in the conduct of credible elections”