All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Osun State, Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola has been declared the winner of the governorship election held in the state.
Oyetola was returned winner after he successfully defeated the People’s Democratic (PDP) candidate, Senator Ademola Nurudeen Adeleke in the rerun election which took place in seven units of four local government councils in the state.
The rerun election took place in three poling units in Orolu, two units in Ife South, one unit in Ife North and one unit in Osogbo.
Declaring Oyetola winner of the rerun election, the returning Officer for the election, Joseph Adeola Fiwape, the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, (FUTA) Akure said the APC candidate won with total votes of 1,160 to beat the PDP candidate who polled paltry 325 votes from the seven units.
With the results of the rerun election and last exercise held on Sunday, the APC now scored total votes of 255,505 to defeat Senator Ademola Adeleke who now polled 255,023 votes to become runner up.
It would be recalled that senator Ademola Adeleke had in the last Saturday election declared inconclusive 254,689 votes while Oyetola had 254,345 votes and Senator Iyiola Omisore has 128,049 to place third position.
Going by the final results, APC candidate defeated Adeleeke with 482 votes.
Senator Omisore entered into agreement with APC for rerun election that gave APC candidate edge over PDP candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
Speaking, the returning Officer For the election, Fiwape said having satisfy the constitutional requirements, I hereby return the APC candidate as winner of the Osun Governorship election and return as Governor Elect for the state.
But the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke, has rejected re-run election.
He labelled it as a “charade” that must not be allowed to stand.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo, Ademola Adeleke described rerun election as a charade and hence, rejected.
Adeleke who claimed that the rerun election was a charade and an unprecedented travesty of justice said voters were deliberately refused access to polling points at gun points.
The statement read: “We report to the whole world the brazen theft and daylight swindling of Osun people who were criminally denied their rights to vote and be voted for by an anti-people conspiracy among INEC, security agencies and the ruling All Progressive Congress. An unprecedented travesty of justice and shattering of democratic values are ongoing in Osun state. “The whole world is witnessing a charade in the name of election, a deliberate effort at imposition of a discredited leadership on the suffering people of Osun state through undisguised brutal force.
Applying all standards, supplementary poll is a non-event as all norms of electoral process are violated.
“Voters are deliberately refused access to polling points at gun points. Those allowed to voting centers are forced to vote for APC. PDP party agents are arrested ,beaten up and shut out of polling centres. PDP agents are barred from many units.
Roads are blocked to stop voters and observers. “Journalists and election monitors are blocked from accessing many voting areas.Those who attempted gaining access are attacked by hooded thugs. PDP leaders are hounded and arrested.It was a brutal unleashing of force against unarmed election stakeholders.
“We report to the whole world that in Osun no supplementary poll took place. It was all violence and and undisguised breaching of all electoral rule. The APC is pushing violently to steal people’s mandate freely given by the oppressed people of Osun State.
“We condemn this charade;we reject this violent operations called election. We dissociate ourselves from this brazen shame and sham election.
“We stand on the mandate freely given to Ademola Adeleke. We will uphold the people’s mandate through all legal means. We will not succumb to fascist agents hell bent on plunging the state into chaos.
“We call on the international community to monitor happenings in Osun State.