The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke may have scored 353 votes more than his All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Alhaji Isiaka Oyetola, in Saturday’s election, but there will be a run-off.
This is because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Osun State governorship election inconclusive. The new date for the election is September 27.
The returning officer, Joseph Fuwape, said the margin between Adeleke and Isiaka Oyetola, was not significant enough to declare a winner.
Adeleke polled 254,698 votes while Oyetola polled 254,345.
Mr Fuwape, Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, said: “Unfortunately as the returning officer, it’s not possible to declare anybody as the clear winner of the election on the first ballot,”
According to him, the total number of registered voters in the five polling units where elections were cancelled is 3,498 votes; and because that figure is higher than the difference between the votes of the leading candidates, there had to be a re-run election.
Fuwape’s position is backed by law.