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OSUN GUBER POLL: Jubilation in osun as dancing senator Ademola Adeleke beat Gov Oyetola to emerge gov-elect ~ PRESSTV

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that PDP won in 17 local governments of Osun while the APC won in 13 local government areas.

Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ademola Adeleke, won 17 out of 30 local government areas in the just concluded governorship election in Osun State, South-west Nigeria, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared.

INEC Returning Officer, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, declared Adeleke winner at the end of the collation of the election results.

The electoral commission had earlier assured Nigerians that the election would not be declared inconclusive.

INEC Supervising National Commissioner, Prof Kunle Ajayi, gave the assurance shortly after protesters stormed the Commission’s office to demand conclusion of the exercise on first ballot

Mr Adeleke, a former senator and younger brother to the state’s first governor, Isiaka Adeleke, defeated the incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola, by a margin of about 44,426 votes.

Final results announced by the electoral commission, INEC, showed that the PDP polled about 403,374 votes while the APC polled about 358,948 votes.

INEC is currently collating the final figures before an official announcement is made.

Meanwhile, there were 13 other candidates that took part in the election including Akin Ogunbiyi of the Accord Party, Goke Omigbodun of the Social Democratic Party, and the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf, who contested under the platform of Labour Party.

44,426 votes Margin

The PDP’s Mr Adeleke won in 17 local government areas out of the state’s 30 while Mr Oyetola of the APC claimed victory in the remaining 13 local government areas.

The election was a repeat of the 2018 contest between the two politicians, reigniting old political rivalries between them.

The incumbent governor, who had served as the chief of staff to the state’s immediate past governor and now minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, had narrowly defeated Mr Adeleke in 2018, in a manner described by many Nigerians as controversial.

Saturday’s election, according to many observers and particularly civil societies such as Yiaga Africa, Centre for Journalism, Innovation and Development (CJID), among others, was characterised largely by vote-buying.

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