The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) some hours ago declared the Osun State governorship election “inconclusive.”
The declaration was made by Joseph Fuwape, the presiding officer of the election at the INEC headquarters in Osun.
According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Ademola Adeleke, got 254,699 votes while Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress had 254,345 votes.
Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party polled 128,049 votes to place a distant third.
Fuwape went on to declare the election inconclusive due to the fact that the difference between the two leading parties was 353 votes while the number of cancelled votes was 3,5498.
“Unfortunately as the returning officer, it’s not possible to declare anybody as the clear winner of the election on the first ballot,” Mr Fuwape, Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, said.
He explained that the total registered voters in the five polling units where elections were cancelled is 3,498 votes.
Since that figure was higher than the difference between the votes of the leading candidates, a re-run election had to be conducted, the INEC chief explained.
“I, Joseph Adeola Fuwape, hereby, declare this election inconclusive,” he said.
In that case, rerun will hold in areas where elections are cancelled.