Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has officially been proclaimed the victor of the governorship election held in Osun State by the electoral body, INEC.
According to Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the INEC Chief Returning Officer for Osun, who announced the results on Sunday morning, the PDP candidate received 403,371 votes.
Gboyega Oyetola, the current governor and member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), came in second with 375,027 votes.
Ademola Adeleke has satisfied the legal requirements, so I hereby pronounce him the winner. He is then re-elected, Mr. Ogundipe remarked.
In addition to receiving the vast majority of votes, PREMIUM TIMES previously reported that the PDP also prevailed in the majority of the state’s local governments. Of the 30 local governments of Osun, the PDP won in 17, and the APC in 13.
In any municipal government, none of the other 13 people who ran for office won.
The election that was held on Saturday in all 30 local governments of Osun had participation from a total of 15 political parties.
Many observers noted that while there was no violence during the election, vote buying was prevalent.
In the state’s 2018 governorship election, which Mr. Oyetola barely won under questionable circumstances, the two front-runners also faced off.
When INEC ruled the 2018 election inconclusive and ordered a rerun in seven voting places, Mr. Adeleke was in the lead.
Many voters were disenfranchised in the excessively militarized rerun election by armed thugs. The APC candidate won it, which helped him win the general election as well.
Former senator Mr. Adeleke would view his victory in the most recent election as proof that he was the true winner of the 2018 election.
The PDP candidate won’t be sworn in, though, until Mr. Oyetola’s term ends in November.