After much controversy and a re-run of the Osun state governorship election this year, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally declared Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola, a product of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the winner of the Osun State governorship election. The INEC’s Returning Officer Joseph Afuwape made the declaration on Thursday night after the results of the re-run were declared at the secretariat of the commission in Osogbo, capital of the state.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Senator Ademola Adeleke had a slight lead with 254,699 votes while Oyetola polled 254,345 votes in the initial election held on Saturday, September 22. However, in the rerun, Adeleke had 325 votes while Oyetola led with 1160. According to INEC, Oyetola defeated Adeleke who recorded a cumulative 255,023 votes, with an overall total of 255,505. It was reported that the re-run was impaired by a series of election malpractices, with several complaints of threats and manhandling from indigenes of the state which was said to be spearheaded by the APC. Nevertheless, with the authority and deciding power of the INEC Osun state has chosen its Governor for the next 4 years.
Adegboyega Oyetola was the Chief of Staff to the ex-governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Apart from his vast experience in politics, the 64-year old has also flourished a successful career in finance management, business and public administration. Osun state looks forward to the positive changes expected from Adegboyega’s administration.
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