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Osun Decides: APC in early lead as Omisore, Adeleke, Adeoti deliver strongholds

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Osun Decides: APC in early lead as Omisore, Adeleke, Adeoti deliver strongholds

Initial results from the 3,012 polling units and wards in the 30 local governments in the Osun State governorship election yesterday showed that the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola was on early lead, even as his counterparts in other political parties delivered their strongholds.

 

The other are the Social Democratic Party’s candidate, Dr. Iyiola Omisore, his counterpart in the PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleke, that of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Alhaji Fatai Akinbade and Action Democratic Party (ADP). Alhaji Moshood Adeoti.

 

 

But despite heavy presence of security agents and about 900 election monitoring groups, local and international, the the election yesterday was almost marred by vote-buying leading to the arrest of three suspects believed to be agents of the PDP who were in possession of N720,000 allegedly designed to bride party agents and voters in Iwo during the election. However, with regard to the vote-buying, three suspects believed to be agents of the PDP were arrested by the police in possession of N720,000 allegedly designed to bride party agents and voters in Iwo during the election.

 

According to Police Spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, the suspects PDP are Muriat Olalekan, 61,Hamzat Muniru,65 and Adeagbo Wasiu. Moshood said the arrest followed the deployment of operatives of IGP Monitoring Unit and the Intelligence Response Team of the Force and the operation led to the recovery of the said sum from the suspects.

 

Two of the suspects were earlier paraded in Osogbo by the state Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Sani for being in possession of N604,000 meant to buy votes in Iwo Local Government Area of the state. He said investigation into the cases was ongoing and the suspects would be arraigned on completion of investigation. Before the offenders were moved to the State Police Command for interrogation, eyewitness account stated that the duo were severely beaten up.

 

While confirming the story, Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Kayode Agbaje said: “It is true that the two persons were arrested in connection with the said amount and affirmed that the law would take its course on the matter.” Also, fake ballot papers were reportedly found with APC stalwarts in Gbongan in Ayedaade Local Government Area of the state. The suspects, who were arrested by the police with fake ballot boxes at the polling unit 07, one of a Oke Ofa, Ward 04, Gbongan were said to be supporters of the APC in Olufi Ward in the town. Unlike previous elections where vote-buying was overtly done, politicians this time adopted covert methods to compile names of voters for payment.

 

 

 

The politicians approached the voters on the queue to canvass for their votes and after proper negotiations, they wrote the name of the eligible voters in an exercise book and took him or her away to give him or her between N2,000 and N5,000. Dr. Iyiola Omisore and Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, decried the level of vote buying and late arrival of electoral materials during the election, stating that they will diminish and compromise the legitimacy of the election.

 

Speaking after casting his vote at the Polling Unit 3 Ward 1, Ife East, the former deputy governor of the state and former senator, who arrived the polling unit around 11: 05 am said INEC and the security agencies should do something seriously about the trend.

 

Omisore, who voted at St Gabriel Primary School, Moore, Ile-Ife at 11:15 am said he observed that there were some irregularities in the election. Omisore, who also condemned vote buying, added that those selling their votes had destroyed their destinies because there were no good roads and schools in the state. He said by selling their votes would only compound the problems of the states. “I know INEC and other officials are trying to prevent it but it is still happening. People are stylishly doing it,” he said.

 

Akinbade, who spoke to newsmen in Ogbagba after the accreditation and voting exercise, said “ vote-buying has cast shadows on the governorship election; votebuying had taken the shine off the election.’’ The former Secretary to the State Government, who voted at his Oba’s Compound, Ward 3, Polling Unit 1 at 10.35am, also said that the nation’s democracy was improving on all fronts. “By and large, we are inching gradually to a convenient point in our polity.

 

Everybody involved in this election should be commended; the INEC officials, security agents, electorate, politicians and others.” Outgoing Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Raufu Aregbesola, former Police Affairs Minister, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan and Senator Adeleke, however, commended the peaceful conduct of the election. Speaking after casting his vote at his Ward 8, Unit 1 at Ilofin in Ilesha West Local Government Area of the state yesterday, Aregbesola said the atmosphere was peaceful, security calm and the entire exercise was a celebration of democracy.

 

Senator Ademola Adeleke, was accredited and voted at 8.08am at Abogunde Ward 5, Unit 9 in Ede, said he was impressed by the conduct of the election so far, especially with the performance of the law enforcement agencies. He said it was too early to draw conclusion.

 

Speaking in the same vein, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade said he was impressed by the large turnout, and that he was confident that INEC would conduct a credible election, he commended INEC for the smooth conduct of the poll. At Iwo where Moshood Adeoti cast his vote in Ward 12 at Unit 4, he said when he cast his vote by 9am, he was elated by the large turnout and orderliness exhibited by the electorate. Adeoti said only insignificant number of people that the card reader could not read their finger print, just as he said he was happy about the security arrangement put in place. He however, expressed optimism that he would win the governorship race.

 

He, therefore, promised to accept the outcome of the election in good faith, so far the election is credible. Also commenting on the process after casting his vote at Ikire in Lagere/Idi Ose Polling Unit 8 Ward 6, the former Minister of Police Affairs Jelili Adesiyan said he was impressed by the large turnout of voters, and the peaceful conduct.

 

He was, however, optimistic that the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate Senator Iyiola Omisore would emerge victorious, whose chances, he said were bright and he had no doubt that he would win the election. At most of the polling units visited in Osogbo,Osun Central Senatorial District Ede, Ogbaagba, Iwo, Odeomu, Gbongan, Ikire, Ode Omu, Aponmu in Osun West Senatorial zone the election was peaceful, and the electorate went about their civic responsibility peacefully.

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