The Peoples Democratic Party’s senator Ademola Adeleke has been proclaimed the victor of the Osun governorship race by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
In a hotly contested campaign, Adeleke defeated the incumbent, Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, with a total of 403,371 votes, according to Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the returning officer for the election and vice chancellor of the University of Lagos.
He said, “I declare Adeleke Ademola Jackson Nurudeen, on behalf of the chairman of INEC, of the PDP, having satisfied the requirement of the law, is hereby declared the winner and he is returned elected.”
The PDP won 17 of the state’s 30 local government areas, while the APC took 13 of them, according to the total votes tallied by the electoral umpire.
Atakumosa West, Olorunda, Ilesa West, Obokun, Oriade, Orolu, Ife North, Irepodun, and Ejigbo LGAs were won by the PDP in addition to Ede North and Ede South.
Ayedire, Ifedayo, Ife Central, Ayedaade, Iwo, Olaoluwa, Isokan, Atakumosa East, Irewole, Ife South, and Ife East LGAs were won by the APC, in contrast.
The award-winning Nigerian artist David Adeleke, also known as Davido, and his nephew Adeleke were shown in a video celebrating an early lead as the counting began.
In the meantime, there was a hysterical celebration in the PDP Situation Room as the PDP declared victory in the election even before the official results were made public.
No less than 15 political parties participated in the Osun governorship election, contrary to popular belief that it was a two-horse contest between Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and Senator Adeleke.
Other candidates included Akin Ogunbiyi of the Accord Party; Lasun Yusuff of Labour Party; Oyegoke Omigbodun of Social Democratic Party; Segun Awojide of African Action Congress; Kehinde Atanda of Action Democratic Party; Awoyemi Lukuman of Allied Peoples Movement; Adebayo Elisha of All Peoples Party; and Adeleke Adedapo of Boot Party.
Rasaq Saliu of New Nigeria Peoples Party; Abede Samuel of National Rescue Movement; Ayowole Adedeji of Peoples Redemption Party; Ademola Adeseye of Young Peoples Party; and Adesuyi Olufemi of Zenith Labour Party also participated in the election.
There was a significant voter turnout and the election, which was held in 3,763 units across the state’s 30 LGAs, was relatively calm.
A total of 1,479,595 Permanent Voter Cards were gathered before to the election out of the 1,955,657 registered voters in the state.
In addition to the military and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali, had sent roughly 21,000 police officers to maintain calm in the state.
However, the poll was marked by widespread vote-buying, which was denounced by certain candidates and civil society organizations.