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PDP Says Osun Supplementary Guber Election Was Rigged

Uche Secondus

Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola

The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus, has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), of rigging the Osun supplementary election.

In a statement by his spokesman, Ike Abonyi, Mr. Secondus said that the Osun election is a clear picture of what will happen during the 2019 general elections.

He linked the conduct of the Osun elections to that of the Ekiti governorship election, thereby accusing the APC of underserved victory.

“Democratic community all over the globe are watching and we would stop at nothing in highlighting them until the will of the people are allowed to prevail.”

The PDP leader warned security agencies to bear in mind that their allegiance and oath of office is to Nigeria and her citizens, not to any individual or ruling party.

He drew the attention of leaders of both INEC and security agencies to the fact that history has never been kind with anybody or group who wittingly or unwittingly thwart the will of the people.

Secondus said that the PDP will not relent until it’s stolen mandates in Ekiti and Osun states are retrieved from the undeserving holders.

 

The chief returning officer for the very controversial election and vice chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Professor Joseph Adeola Fuwape, declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola, the winner after 1.am on Friday.

He said Oyetola, whose 64th birthday will be on 29 September, scored the highest number of votes and satisfied the requirements of the constitution.

Oyetola scored 255,505 votes to beat Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party with just 482 votes.

The PDP candidate scored 255,023 votes.

The election held on 22 September went into a rerun in some seven polling units.

The PDP candidate led the APC candidate with 353 votes before the rerun.

The difference was wiped out in the rerun, with the Social Democratic Party candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, who was the second runner up in the first election, going into alliance with the APC.

The alliance was the game changer as Omisore gave the APC candidate, the votes needed in Ile-Ife to wipe out the PDP candidate’s lead.

The governor-elect was born in Iragbiji in Boripe LGA of Osun State on 29 September 1954.

He went to Ifeoluwa Grammar School in Osogbo for his secondary school education which he completed in 1972

He was a graduate of University of Lagos and had a B.Sc (Hons) INSURANCE, 1978 and MBA FINANCE, 1990.

He is also an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, London and Nigeria and a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.

He started his Insurance Career with Leadway Assurance Company after his NYSC in Maiduguri in 1980 as an Assistant Manager and rose to the position of Area Manager, Control Office, Lagos.

He was at Crusader Insurance as Underwriting Manager, Corporate Alliance Insurance as Controller Technical before he left to set up Silvertrust Insurance Brokers in 1990. He was on the Board of many companies.

He was the Executive Vice Chairman of Paragon Group of Companies with interest in Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Stock Broking etc. until his appointment as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State of Osun. He is happily married with children.

Summary of results

Registered Voters: 1,678,985
Accredited voters: 775687

Valid Votes : 721,621

Rejected votes: 47874

Total votes cast`; 769495

Adeoti of ADP: 49,743 votes

Adeleke of PDP: 255023

Oyetola of APC: 255,505

Omisore of SDP: 128053