The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Sen Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the Osun State governorship election.
The INEC Returning Officer and Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who announced the result Sunday morning, said the PDP candidate scored 403,371 votes to emerge victorious.
The incumbent governor, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC),polled 375,027 votes to come second.
“I hereby declare that Ademola Adeleke “having satisfied the requirement of the law is hereby declared the winner and he is returned elected,”Ogundipe said.
Aside from winning the total majority votes, the PDP also won in the majority of the state’s local governments. The PDP won in 17 out of 30 local governments, while the APC won in 13.
The PDP won in Ede North, Ede South, Ifelodun, Boluwaduro, Egbedore, Odo Otin, Osogbo, Ila, Atakumosa West, Olorunda, Ilesa West, Obokun, Oriade, Orolu, Ife North, Irepodun, and Ejigbo Local Government Areas, while the APC won In Boripe, Ilesa East, Ayedire, Ifedayo, Ife Central, Ayedaade, Iwo, Olaoluwa, Isokan, Atakumosa East, Ife South, Ife Central, and Ife East Local Government Areas.
None of the other 13 candidates who took part in the election won in any local government.
A total of 15 political parties took part in the election held on Saturday across the 30 local government areas of the state.
The two leading candidates had also squared off in the 2018 governorship election in the state which was narrowly won by Mr Oyetola.
Adeleke, a former senator, would see his victory in the latest election as a vindication that he was the original winner of the 2018 election.
Adeleke will not, however, be sworn in until November when the tenure of Mr Oyetola is over.
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