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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  • Omotunde

    I dey laugh o!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • deji

    One James Okoronkwo, challenging Osun election result. Need I say more…………?

  • Dan

    This is another PDP paid agent.

  • Truth

    “I have lived long enough to know that governors who get second term don’t do anything, they concentrate on what they will take home and succession plan, which consumes the state fund and valuable time,” he said. Those who voted the Taliban will soon have themselves to blame.

    • Ola Wahab

      Truth, so no one should vote for President Jonathan if he gets PDP’s ticket for 2015 election. Is this what you siad implies?

  • oba

    Well said,,fence sitting is nothing but munafiqi–hypocritical posture

  • Nonsense

    When will Nigeria break up. I just can’t wait. I am tired of reading watery articles. Nigeria needs a spring. Hot spring!

  • Duke Imevbore Aigboje

    A very apt response to the double-faced hypocrite – Okey Ndibe.

    • Osogagba

      Hypocrite? Okey’s documented acts of bravery in one month are greater than the sum total of all your anonymous family members’ timidity even up to the 10th generation. At least Okey Ndibe we know; pray what is your sorry-ass name?

      • Wilson

        Hypocrisy and Okey Ndibe should never be mentioned in one sentence. Please, retract your statement above. Thanks.