The 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun state has been termed inconclusive. This is due to the close gap between the two big contenders and the high amount of voters who didn't vote. The returning officer of the election, Joseph Afuwape who announced this said the requirements for a candidate to be returned as winner were not met.
Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled the majority vote while Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) followed with a close margin of a difference of 353. This difference is far lower than the cancelled 3,498 votes recorded in the election.
The final result as announced by INEC are:
PDP - 254, 698
APC - 254, 345
SDP - 138,048
ADC - 7681
ADP - 4972
The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Prince Solomon Soyebi said the Osun election 3, 498 voters could not vote as a result of issues in seven polling units spread across four local government areas of the state.
The statement says:
The Osun State Governorship Election took place as planned on 22nd September, 2018. As widely testified by Independent Observers and many candidates, the election proceeded smoothly. Election materials arrived on time. Voters were very orderly and polling units opened at the designated time of 8.00am.
In fact, most of the reports received by the Commission indicate that about 98% of the 3, 010 Polling Units opened on time, which surpassed the situation in all previous elections organized by the Commission."Clearly, this has been one of the most keenly contested elections in Nigeria in recent times. We congratulate the Osun State voters for their keen interest in the polls as shown in the large turnout, their orderliness and their respect for the rules governing the process. We also thank all stakeholders, including the political parties and candidates, election observers, security agencies, traditional rulers for their unprecedented cooperation before, during and since the election.
Notwithstanding the successful conduct of the Osun election, the Returning Officer, Professor Joseph Adeola Fuwape, Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure has communicated to the Commission his inability to make a return in accordance with the legal framework and INEC Guidelines. This is as a result of areas where results were cancelled, there was no voting or there were disruptions.
The affected areas are as follows:
1. Orolu LGA
Polling Units- 3
Voters affected -947
2. lfe South – Malfunction of Smart Card Readers
Polling Units affected 2
Voters affected – 1314
3. Ife North -Over voting
Polling Unit – 1
Voters affected- 353
4. Osogbo LGA – No voting took place
Polling Unit- 1
Voters affected- 884
Total – 3, 498
Based on the results collated by the Returning Officer, the margin between the two leading candidates is 353 which is lower than the number of registered voters in the affected areas. Extant law and INEC Guidelines and Regulations provide that where such a situation occurs, a declaration may not be made.
In the light of the foregoing, the Commission met and decided that it will remobilize and return to the affected polling units on Thursday, 27th September, 2018 to Rerun the elections, conclude collation and make a Return.
We appeal to all stakeholders and particularly the people of Osun State to continue with the maturity and peaceful manner they have so far approached the elections. The Commission wishes to reiterate its pledge that it is only the votes of the electorate in Osun State that will determine who becomes the next Governor of their State. Cancelled votes in an election, What are they?
: These are annulled votes based on irregularities or anomalies during election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has only the right to cancel votes. What is a re-run election?
: A re-run election is an election conducted when the first one was full of anomalities. According to electoral rules, a re-run election can be so declared if the margin of victory in an election is lower than cancelled votes.
The osun election is considered by many to be the best officiated election in recent times, however many analysts have critisized the INEC on why the election should be reruned throughout the state instead of only in the affected units. The rerun is slated for Thursday, 27th September, 2018