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Osun Governorship Election: INEC gives reasons for decision

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The Independent National Electoral Commission in Osun State has explained why it declared the Osun State Governorship Election  inconclusive. This was contained in a Press Release today by the Commission in Osogbo, the State capital.

In the Press Release, signed by Prince Solomon Adedeji Soyebi, National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC says that the Returning Officer for the Governorship Election  “Professor Joseph Adeola Fuwape, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, has communicated to the Commission, his inability to make a return in accordance with the legal framework and INEC Guidelines. This is as a result of areas where results were cancelled, there was no voting or there were disruptions.”

INEC gave a breakdown of the areas affected, reasons for the incidence, number of Polling Units and Voters affected. The details is given below:

S/N Areas Affected Reason Number of polling units Number of voters affected
1 Orolu LGA Disruption 3 947
2 Ife South Malfunction of SCR 2 1314
3 Ife North Over voting 1 353
4 Osogbo LGA No voting took place 1 884
  Total   7 3,498

INEC says the difference between the total votes scored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ademola Adeleke and that of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola, is  353,  which is far less than the total number registered voters in the Polling Units under contention.

From the table above, a total of 3,498 registered voters were affected.  In line with extant Law and INEC Guidelines and Regulations, where such a situation occurs – total number of voters affected by election incidences (as exemplified in the table above) is more than the difference between the two leading candidates – a winner cannot be returned.

INEC says: “In the light of the foregoing, the Commission met and decided that it will remobilise and return to the affected polling units on Thursday, 27th September, 2018 to Return the elections, conclude collation and make a Return”.

INEC thanked stakeholders and appealed to them for continual understanding and cooperation as they go out next Thursday to conclude the elections.

“We appeal to all stakeholders particularly the people of Osun State to continue with the maturity and peaceful manner they have so far approached the elections. The Commission wishes to reiterate its pledge that it is only the votes of the electorates in Osun State that will determine who becomes the next Governor of their State”, the Press Release concluded.