The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has won 22 out of 26 state constituencies in Osun State, leaving the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with 3 seats.
The remaining one, Oriade constituency was declared inconclusive due to the cancellation of five polling units in Ipetu-Ijesa because of electoral violence.
Osun is one of the seven states that did not conduct governorship on Saturday. It held its own in September last year.
According to the declaration of the Independent National Electoral Commission, The PDP won in Obokun, Ede North, and Ede South State constituencies.
Consequently, APC won 22 Assembly seats, PDP 3, and one remains inconclusive.
Details of polls
Among others, the APC’s Popoola Olufemi was elected for Boripe and Boluwaduro Constituency, after polling 19,161 votes to defeat the PDP’s Yomi Aina, who got 6,754 votes.
Yinka Michael of the APC won Odo-Otin Constituency with 13,619 votes to beat the PDP candidate, Wale Egbedun, who polled 8,304. In Olorunda State Constituency, Akande Kunle of the APC got 20,271 votes to defeat PDP candidate, Kunle Olaniyan, who got 5,998.
Osogbo Constituency seat was won by Badamasi Olatunde of the APC who got 31,193 votes to defeat Dele Lawal of the PDP, who got 7,644. In Atakumosa East Constituency, Komolafe Festus of the APC got 16,912 votes to defeat James Ayodeji of the PDP. Ayodeji got 7,610 votes.
Irepodun/Orolu Constituency seat was won by Olateju Babatunde of the APC who got 28,998 votes to beat PDP’s Wole Quadri that secured 7,968 votes.
In Ila Constituency, Adebisi Adelani of the APC got 12,103 votes to defeat the PDP’s Lasisi Jimoh, who got 6,334 votes.
In Obokun Constituency, Adeyemi Adewumi of the PDP polled 10,257 votes to defeat Bosun Oyintiloye of the APC, who secured 9,692.
Stephen Akanfe of the PDP polled 12,025 votes to clinch Ede South Constituency seat. He defeated the APC’s Nurein who garnered 8, 854votes.
Also in Ede North Constituency, Kofoworola Babajide of the PDP got 12,993 votes to defeat the APC’s Akinloye Abiodun, who got 12,643 votes.
In Feb. 23 presidential and National Assembly elections, the APC won two out of the three senatorial districts, and six out of nine Federal House of Representatives seats in Osun state.
Emergence of women
Osun appears to be playing a lead role in the political empowerment of women.
In Ifelodun Constituency, the APC’s Mulikat Adeola with 18,191 votes was elected after defeating the PDP’s Abidoye Asimiyu, who got 5,462 votes.
In Ifedayo Constituency, the APC’s Abioye Elizabeth also got 5,096 votes to beat Funmilayo Olasehinde of the PDP, who got 2,818 votes.
It will be recalled that Mrs Taiwo Oluga of the APC in the February 23 National Assembly election scored 36,876 to win Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan Federal Constituency. She defeated Dr Kolapo Akinroye of the PDP who polled 31,956.
APC’s majority in the legislature will fast track development
Meanwhile, the Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, on Sunday says with the absolute majority of the APC in the legislature, his administration will fast-track the state’s development agenda.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Adeniyi Adesina, the governor hailed the people for voting candidates of the APC in Saturday’s House of Assembly election, saying, with the support of the House of Assembly, “there will be no inhibition for the government to deliver democracy dividends”.
“The outcome of the House of Assembly election is further proof of the popularity of our party in this state. It shows that nobody can describe our victory in previous elections as a fluke.
“Already, we have started a massive road rehabilitation across major towns; the grading of critical rural roads is ongoing”.
Oyetola said the government has equally flagged off the revitalisation of nine major secondary hospitals and 332 primary health care centres — one per ward — to take health care to our people at the grassroots.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo