The inconclusive Osun State governorship election is to be rerun on Thursday, Sept. 27 according to the Returning Officer, Prof Joseph Afuwape.
The Renaissance quotes Afuwape, who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), as announcing on Saturday afternoon, the election as being “inconclusive”.
He said no candidate could be returned as a winner because the margin between the candidate who won the highest votes and the candidate that came second is lesser that the total number of registered voters in the affected areas where votes election voting was canceled.
While the total number of voided votes in the affected canceled units was 3,498 the margin between the PDP and APC stands at 353.
Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party came tops with 254,698 ahead Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress who scored 254,345 votes.
He said the commission decided to mobilise and return to the affected seven polling Units on Thursday.
Election adjudged free and fair
The election had been adjudged free fair and credible by local and international observers and the security personnel commended for displaying high level of professionalism.
The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu had said at the at the INEC Stakeholders Forum on the 2018 Governorship Election in Osun that only the votes cast by the electorates will determine whoever becomes the next governor of state.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris also assured Nigerians of adequate security with the deployment of 18,426 policemen and other support personnel from military and para-military agencies .
According to the inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, no less than four policemen were attached to each of the 3010 poling units in the state.
He maintained that the officers have been properly trained and officers properly mobilised
In addition to 18,426 conventional police personnel and scores of Mobile Force Units, Intelligence and technical teams also provide security. This number excludes the support services to be provided by other security personnel from the Armed Forces, the Immigration Service, the prisons, the Custom and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense corps to complement the efforts of the police.
For optimal performance, a total of 4,761 Smart Card Readers were used for the conduct of the election. One Smart Card Reader per Polling Unit = 3010, One Smart Card per Voting Point = 755; and Three Smart Card per Registration Area = 966 to serve as back ups.”
From Yinka Salaam, Osogbo