Group seeks cancellation of Osun Election

‎The group claimed elections in nine local governments were marred with irregularities.

A group, Justice and Equity Organization, has called for the cancellation of the August 9 gubernatorial election results in nine local government areas of Osun State.

At a press conference in Osogbo, Wednesday, the group, an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accredited election observer‎, said that elections in Ayedire, Obokun, Orolu, Ede North, Ede South, Ilesha, Ila, Egbedore, and Ejigbo were marred with irregularities.

Rauf Aregbesola, the incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), emerged victorious at the election polling 394,684 votes; his strongest contender and candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Iyiola Omisore, got 292,747 votes.

James Okoronkwo, the head of the group, accused “APC thugs” of molesting and chasing out party agents from polling units in the area, while asking for introduction letters from PDP agents.

“The August 9 election was fraught with irregularities all tailored to favour the incumbent APC because the PDP party agents were not allowed to represent their party during the election as enshrined in the electoral act,” Mr. Okoronkwo said.

Of the nine local government areas listed by the group, the APC won in eight while the PDP won by a narrow margin in one.

“In most polling units visited in the 18 local government areas, there were one or two men of the Nigerian Security Civil Defence Corps personnel, mostly unarmed thereby giving the APC the chance to rig the election,” Mr. Okoronkwo added.

The group’s claim is at variance with that of several other election observers who said the election was largely free and fair.

The group also urged the National Assembly to investigate alleged claims by the State Security Services (SSS) that a political party attempted to bribe two of its officials.

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