The Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday declared the Osun election inconclusive after announcing results from all LGAs.
The Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the election, Sen. Ademola Adeleke led the polls with a total vote of 254, 698 closely followed by the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Oyetola who polled 254,345. Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party placed third with 128,049 votes.
The returning officer for the governorship election and Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Prof. Joseph Fuwape said since the margin between the two leading candidates was lower than the registered cancelled votes, the election had to be declared inconclusive. He stated that the difference between the two leading parties was 353 votes while the number of cancelled votes was 3,5498 and therefore could not declare any party as winner in line with the Electoral Act.
A re-run election has been scheduled for September 27 in the areas where elections did not hold for sundry reasons. News Ring reports that some polling units in Ife North, Ife South and Orolu local government areas were affected by cases of card reader malfunctioning and ballot box snatching leading to the cancellation of 3,498 votes recorded in those affected polling units.