Osun Guber Results: Too Close To Call

Nigeria News takes a look at the Osun State governorship election and the probable results.

Nothing has changed in the attitude of political parties and electorate since the conclusion of the Ekiti State governorship election a few months ago.

In Osun State on Saturday, electorate trooped out in numbers to vote. But as early as 10 am while accreditation was still going on at many polling units, two people had been arrested to have been involved in vote buying and selling.

Understandably, there was no apathy in Osun election because the electorate knew from the various campaign grounds that some money would fly during the election proper.

Earlier, the police had been briefed at the various fora organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission to be wary of votes buying. INEC also sensitised political parties and stakeholders. But on the eve of the election, two people were arrested for inducing residents with money.

The parties they belonged to were not mentioned. Our correspondent who monitored the poll observed a large number of voters even though there were a few logistic problems in some polling units.

The electorate, most of whom were alleged to have collected some money a day before had to be at the polling units to fulfil all “unrighteousness”.

In about 14 polling units monitored by our correspondent, voting was peaceful, free and fair. Electorate queued in large numbers to exercise their franchise.

However, some of the governorship candidates complained that voters were induced with money, the state Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola disagreed.

The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Otunba Iyiola Omisore had decried the conduct of the polls but Aregbesola challenged him to produce evidence that the process of the election was unfair.

Anyway, there are strong signs that the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Oyetola might be victorious. Except in some strongholds of the three other prominent candidates, Oyetola may have a greater number of votes because of his personality, which has endeared him to many residents.

In Osogbo, where the number of votes stands at about 101, 000, Oyetola has the strength to poll a good number of votes. He also has a chance in Ilesa where the incumbent governor has come from.

However, Oyetola could not do much in Ile-Ife, which has the largest number of votes among all the local governments in Osun and which happens to be the base of the SDP candidate, Iyiola Omisore.

It was the Social Democratic Party, SDP that won both Ife Central and Ife East, closely followed by the PDP.

Ife Central alone has over 91, 000 registered votes while Ife East has over 51, 000 votes while Ife South has about 30, 000 votes, however half of these voters did not come out to exercise their rights.

APC polled some good number of votes in Ife North, which includes Modakeke, Edun Abon, Akinalalu, Ipetumodu, Asipa, and Moro, the votes in Ile-Ife were not sufficient enough to make Omisore emerge as Osun governor.

Omisore is not very popular as before but his clans may still have sympathy for him. In Ede, another big town with about 34,000 votes, the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke may poll good votes.

The Osun State governorship election’s official results announced so far show that PDP is leading in about 16 local governments out of 29 local government areas at present. At the same time, PDP is leading after 29 local governments, remaining just one more LGA result to determine the winner. The dancing senator has a better chance. It is too close to call.

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