The Independent National Electoral Commission declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Oyetola, as the Governor-elect of Osun State.
The rerun of the Osun State governorship election was held in seven polling units across four council areas on Thursday with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Oyetola, beating the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Ademola Adeleke.
The returning officer, Prof. Joseph Fuwape declared that the APC candidate, Oyetola, won the governorship election by scoring a total number of 255,505 votes while Adeleke of the PDP polled 255,023 votes.
This was not taken lightly by Adeleke, the PDP, and the Coalition of United Political Parties, among others.
Adeleke had won the main election on Saturday with 353 votes after polling 254,698 against Oyetola’s 254,345. On Thursday, both candidates relied on 2,637 votes in the seven units where the Independent National Electoral Commission had declared rerun to win the final contest.
The rerun was held in one polling unit in Oyere in Ife-North, one polling unit in Olode in Ife-South, another polling unit in Osi, Ife-South, three polling units in Orolu, Kajola Local Government Area of the state and one polling unit in Osogbo.
International observers have since stated that they noticed irregularities. The missions of the U.S., the UK and the European Union have said that they witnessed incidences of interference and intimidation of voters during the Osun gubernatorial rerun election.
U.S. Consul General in Nigeria John Bray made this known while speaking to pressmen on the observations of the missions of the U.S. UK and EU, adding that it heard reports of harassment of party agents, observers and journalists.
Bray said the mission will be working with stakeholders to determine the facts, calling on them to remain calm.