The independent national electoral commission, INEC, on Sunday has formally declared Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the governorship election held in Osun State.
The INEC Chief Returning Officer for Osun, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who announced the result Sunday Morning said the PDP candidate scored 403,371 votes to emerge victorious.
The runner-up was the incumbent governor, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who polled 375,027 votes.
I hereby declare that Ademola Adeleke “having satisfied the requirement of the law is hereby declared the winner and he is returned elected,” Mr Ogundipe said.
None of the other 13 candidates who took part in the election won in any local government.
A total of 15 political parties took part in the election held on Saturday across the 30 local governments of Osun.
Recall in 2018, Mr Adeleke was leading in the election before it was declared inconclusive by INEC which also ordered a re-run in seven polling units.
The re-run election was heavily militarised and many voters disenfranchised by armed thugs. It was won by the APC candidate which also helped him secure victory in the general election.
Mr Adeleke, a former senator, would see his victory in the latest election as a vindication that he was the original winner of the 2018 election.
The PDP candidate will not, however, be sworn in until November when the tenure of Mr Oyetola will be over.
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