INEC declares Gboyega Oyetola winner of Osun governorship election

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Thursday’s governorship rerun election in Osun, Gboyega Oyetola, has emerged victorious with 1,160 votes.

Oyetola had beaten the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Ademola Adeleke, who had scored 325 votes in the election.

Prof. Joseph Fuwape, the Chief Returning Officer for the governorship election, had declared Oyetola winner.

Fuwape, who is the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA),  said the 1,160 votes scored by Oyetola in the rerun election in addition to his Saturday’ votes of 254, 345 gave him total votes of 255, 505 to defeat Adeleke.

He said that Adeleke’s result of 325 in the rerun election in addition to 254,698 he scored on Saturday, gave him total votes of 255, 023 to come second.

Fuwape said that Oyetola won the election by 482 votes.

He said 1, 678, 985 voters were registered while 775,687 were accredited during the election.

Fuwape added that 721,621 were valid votes, while 47,874 were rejected, adding that 769,495 were the votes cast during the election.

“That Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola of APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” Fuwape said.

In the supplementary election in Osogbo Local Government Council, the APC garnered 299 votes to beat PDP which had 165 while the Social Democratic Party (SDP) had one.

The APC also won in Orolu Local Government Council with 280 votes beating PDP’s 122 while SDP had one vote.

In Ife South Local Government Council, the APC triumphed with 455 votes compared with PDP’s 36 while SDP had two.

The APC also won in Ife North Local Government Council with 126 votes to triumph over PDP’s two votes.

Although Adeleke had in Saturday’s governorship election polled 254,698 votes to beat Oyetola, Afuwape declared the poll inconclusive because of cases of ballot boxes snatching in some polling units.

He cited the affected polling units to include Ife North (one polling unit), Ife South (two polling units), Orolu (three polling units) and Osogbo (one polling unit).

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