The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola of the APC as the winner of the just concluded Osun state election.
Isiaka Oyetola was announced winner of the polls after a rerun was held yesterday in 7 polling units.
Oyetola polled a total of 255,505 votes after the collation of the results of the supplementary election in seven polling units across four local governments, while PDP’s Ademola Adeleke polled a total of 255,023 votes to come second.
At the end of last Satuday’s ballot, Adeleke scored the highest number of votes, beating Oyetola with 353 votes but INEC declared the election inconclusive and ordered a rerun because the number of cancelled votes in the seven polling units was far higher than the margin by which Adeleke beat Oyetola.
Three of the units were located in Orolu local government, two in Ife South, one in Ife North and another one in Osogbo local government. INEC cancelled the elections in the polling units due to irregularities ranging from ballot box snatching, manual accreditation and missing result sheets.
However, Thursday’s supplementary election which gave the edge to Mr Oyetola was marred by irregularities and intimidation perpetrated by political thugs despite the huge deployment of security operatives at the polling units.
Despite the irregularities reported by journalists and observers, INEC officials at the collation centre all said the election went on smoothly.
Following this supplementary votes on Thursday, Oyetola overtook and beat Adeleke with a total margin of 482 votes.
Besides leading in the number of votes cast, the APC also won a total of 16 local governments as against 11 won by the PDP.