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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Osun State Election : APC’s Oyetola Leads


Results from yesterday’s governorship election in Osun State were running into a three-horse race, with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, leading, while the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Social Democratic Party, SDP, were in hot contention.
The three major candidates, Gboyega Oyetola of the APC, Senator Iyiola Omisore of the SDP and Senator Ademola Adeleke of the PDP, came away from the votes with strong endorsements from their strongholds with the three sweeping the votes in their polling units. A major setback for the APC was the defeat of its interim national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande in his polling unit.

Akande, the first Fourth Republic governor of the state, lost his polling booth to the PDP which won the booth by 78 votes compared to the 49 polled by the APC and the 19 votes won by the SDP. Oyetola, however, won his unit with 123 votes against the 43 votes scored by the PDP and 20 votes of the SDP. Omisore also won his polling unit at More Ward 1, Unit 3, St Gabriel Primary School convincingly with 178 votes compared to the 37 scored by APC 37 and nine scored by the PDP. 
Adeleke also won his polling unit Abogunde/Sagba Ward 2, Ede with 154 compared to the 39 votes scored by the APC and five votes scored by the SDP. The outgoing governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola, won his polling unit for the APC with 132 votes as compared to the 84 votes scored by the PDP and the 24 votes scored by SDP. His predecessor as governor, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a chieftain of the ADC, however, lost his polling unit to the PDP which polled 107 votes with the APC scoring 69 votes and the ADC garnering 20 votes.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi, won his polling unit for his party with 195 votes as against the 158 votes scored by the APC. Expectations from the Action Democratic Congress, ADC, and the Action Democratic Party, ADP, pulling strong in the contest were dashed as the two new parties, with formidable candidates in the persons of Fatai Akinbade and Femi Adeoti, did not pull traction on ground.
Yesterday’s election was relatively well organized as compared to previous governorship elections. There was also a marked reduction in the incidence of vote, buying. However, a few persons were apprehended by the police with money allegedly to be used in compromising voters. Meanwhile, the odds seemed to have favored Oyetola who, it was reliably gathered, was in the lead in the results of the election.

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