Over the last three years, Nigerians have continually clamored for a revamp of the current governmental administrations due to their immense complacency at handling deteriorating socio-economic issues. This process seems to have kicked off in Osun state, where their gubernatorial election has just been concluded. This concluded election illustrates a needed glimpse of the people power as a driving force of compactly dictating a social movement. It shapes the direction for the imminent 2023 governmental election and the willpower of the people in checking the government’s excesses.
The gubernatorial election that took place on Saturday has seen the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) formally declare the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, winner of the just concluded election of Osun state, defeating Gboyega Oyetola, the incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Recall, Oyetola won against Adeleke in 2018, after the Independent Electoral Body declared the election as inconclusive. On winning this election, Ademola Adeleke dedicated the victory to Late Isiaka Adeleke, his elder brother and former senator of Osun West.
Adeleke recorded a pivotal victory, wining 17 LGAs over Oyetola’s 13.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s results announced after the concluded collations which were held at the state’s capital, Osogbo, Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party recorded a pivotal victory, winning 17 Local Government Areas (LGA) over Gboyega Oyetola’s 13 LGA wins concluded the governorship election, winning by a margin of over 28,000 votes. While Adeleke received 403, 371 votes, the incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) had a total of 375, 027 votes.
However, this gubernatorial election was not a two horse race, as there were 13 other candidates that also contested in the gubernatorial election. These candidates include a former speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf, who was Labour Party’s flag bearer, Goke Omigbodun of Social Democratic Party, and Akin Olubiyi, the candidate for Accord’s party. The results of these contesting parties against the big two (APC and PDP) have raised speculations about the efficacy of the third force that’s been rigorously clamored for in the Nigerian political space.
The party apprised against the results of the election being tampered with.
Prior to INEC’s official announcement, the chairman of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun state asserted that the party members were confident of victory due to the fact that the party had gained a majority in most Local Government Areas. The People’s Democratic Party, in its official statement also owed their victory to a massive mobilization of the masses, as well as an important coalition of the masses against bad and complacent governance that has plagued the states over the last four years.
The party however apprised against the results of the elections being tampered with, recalling the tricky occurrence of the previous election in 2018 that saw Adeleke lose to the incumbent governor Oyetola. After this re-run, even though he led the APC candidate at the polls. Ademola Adeleke, appreciating the masses and PDP members for the success in the concluded election, admonished the electoral body to keep being transparent in its electoral endeavors to ensure that the people’s will at the polls be respected.
PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku comments that light has come to Osun.
Upon the success of the election, numerous political entities have publicly congratulated the governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke. Former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose confirmed that Adeleke’s victory projects a triumph of the will of the people of Osun state. Abubakar Atiku, the presidential flag bearer for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) also congratulated Adeleke, commenting that light has finally come to Osun state. Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun state also noted that Adeleke’s victory was an absolute validation of his consistent efforts.
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