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FW: Osun State Governorship election is inconclusive

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Osun State gubernatorial election inconclusive.

The September 22nd election saw 48 candidates seek the Governorship to succeed APC's Rauf Aregbesola. However, it was the PDP's Ademola Adeleke that polled 254, 698 votes to edge the APC's Gboyega Oyetola who polled 254, 345 votes. The result was a measly 353 votes between them. 

Yet, none of the candidates has been declared Governor-Elect. 

 

Why is Adeleke not the winner?

Despite Adeleke having more votes than other candidates in the election, he cannot be declared winner yet. According to Section 153 of Nigeria’s electoral act, if a candidate’s margin of victory is lower than the number of voters in units where elections were cancelled, then there is no clear winner.

A total of 3,498 voters in five polling units across the state were cancelled due to irregularities. Since this figure is higher than the difference between Oyetola and Adeleke’s votes (353), a re-run election has to be conducted in areas where elections were nullified.

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