Osogbo erupts in celebration as Aregbesola wins governorship poll

Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Osun State

The victory celebration that began Saturday night in Osogbo continued on Sunday with residents dancing and waving brooms as they marched round the Osun State capital.

At about 6 am, Sunday, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, announced Rauf Aregbesola, the incumbent governor, as the winner of the August 9 gubernatorial election.

Mr. Aregbesola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, polled 394,684 votes to emerge winner, beating his strongest challenger and candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, who got 292,747.

Fatai Akinbade, a former Secretary to the State Government and the Labour Party, came a distant third with 8,898 votes.

“Having satisfied the requirements of the law and scoring the highest numbers of votes, Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress is therefore returned elected,” said Bamitade Omole, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer.

The final announcement by Mr. Omole, the Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, sent party supporters and some journalists at the INEC collation centre into wild jubilation.

Within hours, the jubilation spread across the capital and other parts of the state.

On Sunday morning, a crowd, trailed by security agents, waved brooms, chanting victory songs as they marched through Oke-Fia, in the state capital, towards Okinni.

At Gbongan road, a convoy of motorcyclists and chartered commercial buses with people waved brooms as they made their way towards Osogbo.

“This is a victory for all Osun people. We are very happy that our voice has been heard,” said Kehinde Olawole, a resident in Osogbo.

Mr. Aregbesola emerged victorious in 22 out of the 30 local governments in the state, including in Osogbo where he beat Mr. Omisore by almost 30,000 votes.

The PDP candidate, who won in eight local governments, got his highest votes in his Ife Central home where he almost tripled the APC’s 9,680 votes.

Generally, the election went without any hitch as INEC officials arrived early at most polling units across the state for accreditation.

Prospective voters also defied Saturday morning’s light showers, arming themselves with umbrellas, as they thronged their various voting centres.

“The election was very peaceful as there was no case of violence,” said Mr. Olawole, who voted in Osogbo.

“We prayed for everything to work out well and to God be the glory, it had,” he added.


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  • Okey

    Since Pastor Bosun Emmanuel did not raise any issues in Christian ethics until Ejike Mbaka’s manifestation, I can only assist you by saying that Mbaka is at it again. In 2011, the same Fr. Ejike Mbaka said Dr Chris Ngige should step down for Dr Dora Akunyili; that any any attempt by Nigige to contest against Akunyili would “surely” result in a wasted effort. So, according to Mbaka, said the Holy Spirit.

    Now, how did Mbaka know that the bird that refused to fly, if any, was assigned to Jonathan by the Holy Spirit ? Is Jonathan bigger, healthier and more rubust than his challengers ? What if Fr Mbaka’s bird was already diseased before the day of Mbaka’s necromancy – action and belief system of knowing from the gods ?

    I ask this question because I was in his church in Enugu in 2011 when the same Father Mbaka told his congregation that the spirit revealed to him that Dr Chris Ngige will lose the 2011 Senatorial election to Dr Dora Akunyili (now late). Mbaka told everybody in that service, particularly residents of Anambra State, that that they better cast their vote for Mrs Akunyili because, according to Mbaka, a vote to Ngige is a wasted vote. Any member of Father Mabaka’s church that attended his parish services in 2011 will corroborate what I am saying here because, “Ngige will fail in the Senatorial contest” was a sing-song by Mbaka at the time. So, Mbaka’s diseased-ridden-bird-led-prediction will surely go the way of his similar daydream “prophesy” against Ngige.

    Now see the type of “holy spirit” that moves Ejike Mbaka: According to The Sun newspaper, Mbaka said: “When she (Mrs Patience Jonathan) came here, I told her to give me her number so that I could give her messages, but thrice she refused. It was later she told one of the pastors with her to give me his number. So, before that message, I had called the number for two weeks but it was always the Personal Assistant to the pastor that picked the calls.“

    So because the President’s wife felt extremely reluctant to oblige you her phone number; you eventually got but could not gain access to her, subsequently. Then the “anger of gods” was provoked and “prophetic” prediction (really, necromancy judging by his flying-birds-sign) resulted !

    The world can now see how these “men of God” operate or are moved.

    But Lesson: Jonathan should guard his loins. For if what opponents of Ngige did at that time is anything to go buy, then Jonathan should hope that his opponents may announce themselves as winners even before the conclusion of the voting exercise; some disgruntled ethnic chauvinist in INEC will aid them bountifully to give credence to their announcement. Where that fails to hold, the opponents aided by INEC will force a rerun in some strongholds (now, States) where they thought their number will cancel out Jonathan’s figure. These were all that was done in Ngige/Akunyili senatorial contest to translate Mbaka’s daydreams and necromancy into reality. For, after all, did Mbaka not say “Ngige will fail” ?