Aregbesola leads Omisore in Osun governorship election

Incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State is in the lead in Saturday’s governorship poll, initial poll analysis has shown.

Collation of results of the keenly-contested election is continuing, and a final winner is to be announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, early Sunday.

But results tallied from the Local Government Areas by PREMIUM TIMES reporters, other media establishments, observers and some residents of the state put Mr. Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of his challengers.

An unofficial result put together by supporters of the APC is also currently being beamed to residents of the state on a large screen at the Oke-fia area of the state capital, Osogbo.

The election is mainly between the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, represented by Iyiola Omisore.

According to results so far unofficially tallied, Mr. Omisore is leading in eight Local Government Areas, LGAs, of the state while Mr. Aregbesola is ahead in 22 LGAs.

The results are not final, as only INEC has the power to announce results of elections in Nigeria.

The preliminary tally shows that Mr. Aregbesola has taken leads in Ayedade, Ifelodun, Ede North, Ola Oluwa, Irepodun, Ila Orangun, Ede South, Atakumosa West, Oriade, Orolu, Boripe and Ilesa West.

The APC candidate is also prevailing at Ilesa East, Ifedayo, Irewole, Obokun, Egbedore, Iwo, Osogbo, Olorunda, Atakumosa East and Ejigbo.

Mr. Omisore on his part took the lead in Isokan, Ife North, Ife East, Ife Central, Odo Otin, Boluwaduro, Ayedire and Ife South.

Details analysed by PREMIUM TIMES from the polling units also put Mr. Aregbesola ahead of the other candidates which also include Fatai Akinbade of the Labour Party, LP.

The election yielded a mix of surprising results with several leaders of the two main parties losing in their strongholds.

Former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the APC lost in his ward as the PDP scored 125 against the APC’s 61.

Former Minister of State for Defence, Olusola Obada, also lost her Ibodi, Atakunmosa West Local Government polling unit where PDP scored three votes while the APC scored 300 votes. Ms. Obada is a member of the PDP.

Adejare Bello, who is Mr. Omisore’s running mate, also lost in his ward as the PDP scored 30 while the APC scored 130.

The election which was preceded by massive security clampdown and allegations of arrests of several political leaders, was however conducted under a peaceful atmosphere.

Election materials arrived polling units on time while voting started as scheduled in many local governments.
In earlier remarks, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, [PDP], Femi Fani-Kayode, said in the party’s calculation, its party, Mr. Omisore was in the lead.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES late Saturday, Mr. Fani-Kayode said the tallying of the votes was still going on and that it was therefore too early to award victory to any of the candidates.

“As far as we are concerned, by our own collation, we are ahead,” the former minister said. “We defeated them (APC) heavily in our strongholds and in their strongholds, the race has been very close.

“All these claims that they have won is not true. It is disinformation and we advise that people wait for INEC to announce the authentic result. I can tell you that it is not over.”

But the emerging results have already drawn congratulatory messages.

Senior lawyer, Femi Falana, praised Mr. Aregbesola for his “well-deserved victory”.

Mr. Falana condemned the massive security clampdown on the state and described the move as a “declaration of war” on the state by President Goodluck Jonathan.

“More disturbing was the deployment of snippets who were permitted to wear masks. The criminal elements engaged in shooting sporadically into the air to intimidate the people of Osun State,” he said.

“An election that is fully militarized cannot be said to be fair and free. An election in which people were arrested and detained and disenfranchised cannot be said to be credible.”


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  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    I know that Mr Ebola virus will be summarily defeated in 2015…Otuoke be ready for the latest Ex-President by 2015

    • Freddie (Lagos)

      Despite his perceived liabilities it is surprising to me that Omishore took this election to the wires. I never expected it. To imagine that it is not over yet is amazing, since these UN-OFFICIAL TALLIES are not conclusive. That only shows me that there’s deep-seated dissatisfaction with the APC as a party, and, with the incumbent governor, Raufu Aregbesola. Otherwise, it ought to be an APC landslide running against Omishore with his perceived liabilities.

      • Wiki

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        poverty stricken. They are politicians …. desperate for power, intelligent
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        nothing to lose. But the foot soldiers have been indoctrinated for years, from
        childhood. And they believe that their religion [Islam] is in danger … But
        Islam is not in danger. It is the pervert followers who are being used and who
        use others and proclaim that they are fighting for Islam. Look at the histories
        of the world: Boko Haram, if not contained and eradicated, will be found in the
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        ….Professor Wole Soyinka

        [July 12th, 2014]

  • Fawe

    I am not sure this projection will produce a clear winner.
    It will be quite interesting if Iyiola Omishore of the PDP
    scores the highest number of votes, concentrated mostly in five local
    governments but without having the constitutional spread in the 30 local
    governments, and if Raufu Aregbesola wins the majority of the 30 local governments,
    by small margins but without scoring the highest number of votes cast in total at this election.

    • abeem

      How can he win with the highest votes tally in 4 out of 30 LGA’s? Your assumption is based on the possibility of the murderer winning all the votes in his stronghold – the 4 LGA’s and none is cast for Aregbe which can never happen; so your calculation is a wild dream. It is only a figment of your imagination and Naa, it ain’t going to happen. Take your Ebola virus to Bayelsa and try your luck there. Not anywhere more in our dear Oodua States.

      • Ayo

        No one is denying that APC does not have it’s challenges – everyone can not sleep and face the same direction APC of course has it’s own fair share of hopeless politicians who are no better than the Fanikayode’s and Omisore of this world and APC needs to address the issue too and continue to give Nigerians credible leaders like Fasola and Aregbe.

        • abeem

          I agree

  • Yemi Badejo [Ibadan]

    Dear Editor,

    No election is more winnable for PDP in Yorubaland than Oshun state

    where Raufu Aregbesola has proved to be a polarising figure and
    where the fault lines are so glaring that any smart politician in
    the presidential office would have exploited it with ease to win the state.
    President Jonathan shall lose momentum should PDP lose this Oshun state election.

    President Jonathan will never regain any momentum right up till the next
    general elections in February, 2015. Any president who fails to pluck a
    low-hanging fruit, like Oshun state, is bound to lose the respect of PDP members
    and look more to them like a foolable figurine.

    • Dale Oyesiku

      @Y. Badejo,

      But this only shows what people have been saying.
      President Jonathan is an all-rounder in incompetence. He is incompetent as a
      party leader; incompetent in thought, incompetent in speech, incompetent in
      plans, incompetent in administration and incompetent in time-management. He can
      hardly make tea without pouring it on himself. It is that bad.

      Anyone else in the office of president would lead his party to pick up victory in Oshun state
      because the state was there just for the picking. But not our dear Goodluck Jonathan.

      But pray, which member of PDP will have faith and trust in him to lead the party

      to the February general election, when he can’t competently lead his party to win Oshun state?

      Which state in Yorubaland will be easier to win next February than this?

    • Gr8

      Eziokwu? Is it President Jonathan that would win Osun State or PDP people in Osun State? That’s how you guys push Abuja people to rig. How can you blame a president in Abuja for not plucking Osun State?

      • Bamidele

        Who asked Goodluck Jonathan to rig anything? Read Badejo again below. Badejo said a party leader is expected to lead his party to victory in winnable states. Jonathan is the leader of PDP. Oshun state was a winnable state.

  • FortB

    Surprising, no comments here by the Hawks that rush to comment on sensational stories that have no facts. Nigerians, let’s wake up and be sensible in safeguarding our commonwealth from the locust. Good write up by the way. Hope PT will take the advice contained