The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set September 27th for the governorship rerun election in Osun State.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, had polled 254,698 votes to defeat that of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola, who polled 254,698 votes. Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) polled 128,049 votes to place a distant third.
However, due to irregularities which marred the election at some polling units in Ife North, Ife South and Orolu local government areas, including cases of card reader malfunctioning, ballot box snatching, among others, this led to the cancellation of 3,498 votes recorded in the affected polling units.
Quoting INEC’s Standing Rules at the commission’s headquarters in Osogbo, the state capital, the Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Prof Joseph Fowape, said since the margin between the two leading candidates was lower than the registered cancelled votes, the election had to be declared inconclusive.
He stated that a rerun would take place at the affected polling units on Thursday, September 27, 2018.
INEC had earlier declared the Osun State election as inconclusive. The reason for the cancellation was because the number of canceled votes was a lot higher than the margin between the two top candidates.
The announcement came on Sunday afternoon by Prof Joseph Afuwape, INEC’s Returning Officer. He said that since the difference between the two leading parties was just 353 votes. The number of canceled votes was 3,498 hence no winner had emerged.
“Unfortunately, as the Returning Officer, it is not possible to declare any party as winner,” he said.
He earlier implored party agents to wait patiently for a few minutes to get the date for a rerun between the two leading candidates, Oyetola and Adeleke. The date has now been set for Thursday, 27th September, 2018.