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Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election

The September 22 gubernatorial election in Osun state was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a result of the slim margin between the votes polled between Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Joseph Afuwape, the returning officer, said the margin between the candidate of the PDP and the candidate of the APC was not significant enough to declare a winner.

The PDP candidate polled 254,698 votes while the APC flagbearer had 254,345, leaving a gap of 353 votes.

INEC’s election guideline made pursuant to Section 153 of the Electoral Act stipulates a rerun if the margin of victory in an election is lower than the number of voters in units where elections are cancelled.

Since the total number of cancelled votes (3,486) exceeds the difference between the two leading parties (353), Afuwape said it was impossible for him to declare any party as the winner.

Consequently, INEC announced that a rerun election would be conducted today, Thursday, September 27, specifically at the polling units where votes were cancelled, to enable the people of Osun state finally decide who will succeed Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The supplementary contest is a straight battle between Adeleke and Oyetola. However, other parties will be allowed to participate. It will be taking place at seven polling units spanning through four local government areas, namely Ife North (one polling unit), Ife South (two polling unit), Osogbo (one polling unit) and Orolu (three polling unit).

The total number of voters in the units where the elections were cancelled is 3,498.

To read about how the September 22 election, check our live updates here.

Breakdown of the areas where the rereun will be conducted

  1. Ife North - Ward 10, PU2
  2. Ife South - Olode Ward 07, PU12, Adereti Village
  3. Ife South - Osi Ward 8 PU10, Aluti Erin Primary School, Albert village
  4. Orolu - Ward 08 PU001, Kajola village
  5. Orolu - Ward 08 PU004 Idi Iya village
  6. Orolu - Ward 09 PU 003 Gbogbo Primary School Adeleke
  7. Osogbo - Ataoja Ward 05 PU 017 Adewale Street

As the people of Osun state, particularly the polling units affected, troop out to finally decide who become their next governor between Adeleke and Oyetola, Legit.ng is fully on ground to give you bit by bit insightful live updates from the polling units and the collation centre.

Catch our live updates of the Osun rerun election here.

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6.05pm[Iragbiji]: Jubilation galore in Iragbiji, Oyetola’s home town as news of APC reported victory filters in.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election

Oyetola’s supporters celebrate ahead of INEC’s official announcement
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Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election

APC supporters anticipate victory in the Osun rerun poll
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3.51pm[Osogbo]: Jeleel Sulaimon, reported to be the executive chairman of an LCDA in Alimosho said, from his observation, the election has been peaceful. He gave kudos to the good people of Osogbo for the votes they cast for APC. He also commended the security agents.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election

Jeleel Sulaimon, reported tobe the executive chairman of an LCDA in Alimosho addressing journalists.
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2.50pm: Results of the exercise have started trickling in. Follow live updates of unconfirmed results of the rerun election here.

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2.46pm[Orolu LGA]: Dr Joe Oke Odumakin, one of the observers, briefing journalists about her assessment of the poll, said the process was peaceful in the two voting units she visited.

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She said though there were lots of allegations about voters harassment in Orolu LG she didn't witness anything of such when she got there.

She said her team met about six elderly voters on their way and they complained of harassment but she told me them to be patient

The reportedly followed her to Idi Iya polling unit to cast their votes.

Odumakin said that as the time she got to Idi Iya polling unit, 106 out of the 167 registered voters in the unit had already voted.

According to her, the situation was the same at Gbogbo in Orolu LG.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election
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2.30pm[Ife South]: Sorting of votes reportedly begins at Ward 07, PU 012, Olode, Adereti Village, Ife South LGA.

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2.15pm [Osogbo]: Voting concludes at point 1 . US consular general with the electoral officials during sorting out of votes.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election
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Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election
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Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election
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Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election
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Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election
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2pm: INEC said all the issues of the reported denial of Journalists' and observers' access to polling units have been resolved.

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1.47pm [Osogbo]: Voting concluded at voting point 1 . It remains voting point 2 now.

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1.36pm[Osogbo]: The process is gradually coming to an end here. Voters on the queue at point A are just 8 while we have like 20 voters at point B.

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1.05pm: Shegun Awoyemi, an agent of the PRP has been arrested at Polling unit 17, Ward 5. A foreign observer called the attention of the security agents to him.

The foreign obaserver said he has been observing him since. He said whenever the voters finish casting their votes they will go and meet him.

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He, therefore, asked the security officer to search him and a total amount of N21, 140 was found in his inner pocket. He has just been taken away.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the governorship rerun election
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12.51pm: A journalist named Chinma Joel was reportedly attacked and beaten up by political thugs at Ola Iya junction in Osogbo. The junction is very close to Alekuwodo where the election is taken place.

His camera and tripod also reportedly damaged.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election
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12.18pm [Osogbo]: Our reporter has just spoken with Chongs W. Mantu, the police officer reportedly in charge of monitoring and compliance at the polling unit.

Mantu said that journalists and observers are being restricted from entering Orolu LG where the rerun is also taking place because some stalwarts of an unnamed political party were going to the place under the pretence of being election observers and journalists. He said the people were stopped along Ifon Road and arrested around 3am early this morning.

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11.51am [Osogbo]: Heavy gunshots from some supected hoodlums. The security agents are trying to repel them.

Voters, despite the pandemonium, did not leave the polling unit.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election
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11.41am[Orolu LG]: Voters in Orolu LG are reportedly protesting after their PVCs were seized by gun-wielding thugs and they were sent away.

At Kajola Community Primary School, where Ward 8, Unit 1 is located, not less than 50 suspected thugs are allegedly providing security for INEC officials.

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11.40am[Osogbo]: Election is going on smoothly at Unit 17, Ward 5. Electorate are being civil, waiting patiently to exercise their franchise. Queue has been reduced. Our reporter gathered that voting may soon come to an end.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

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11.27am [Osogbo]: US consul general monitoring the process at ward 5 unit 17, Osogbo.

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Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election
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He currently sitting down with the presiding officers.

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10.48am: Accreditation and voting have allegedly commenced at Unit 12, Ward 7, Adereti village, Olode-Ife, Ife South LG.

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10.47am [Osogbo]: There is a little drama as security agents ask journalists to move back from the polling unit. After a brief argument, the security allowed reporters access for coverage again.

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10.21am[Osogbo]: Normalcy has returned. Voters on the line to exercise their right.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election
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10.10am [Orolu]: Voters and journalists have been allegedly chased away from polling units.

INEC has promised to look into this.

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10.06am: A yet-to-be-identfied man has just been arrested. He was caught distributing money. Our correspondent reported that he refused to reveal his name despite persuasion from the press. He, however, confirmed his offence was distributing money to voters.

He was allegedly in possession of Fake voters cards. He has been whisked away by security agents.

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Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election
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9.55am [Osogbo]: Dr Joe Odumakin, an activist and director of Women Arise for Change Innitiative said she is satisfied with wat she has seen here so far and said it means Nigerians are moving forward

"The election is peaceful. We have seen massive turnout despite the rain," she said.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election
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9.40am [Osogbo]: Rain has stopped. Voting continues smoothly.

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9.25am[Osogbo]: Voters defy downpour remain on the queue to elect at polling unit.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election
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Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

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Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

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8.57am: [Osogbo]: Voters on queue patiently waiting for their turn.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

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8.56am [Oshogbo LGA]: Local and foreign observers at Unit 17, Ward 5, Osogbo.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

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8.50am[Osogbo LGA]: Dr Nwabu Gabriel, the head of Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizenship Awareness gave his observation of the election so far. He said the election is going on smoothly and commended INEC and the electorate for conducting themselves properly.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

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8.42am [Orolu]: Voters at Ìdìmú area of Ifọn-Orolu are allegedly unable to visit the three polling units in Orolu LG. Hoodlums are said to be turning back voters.

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8.30am [Orolu LG]: At Idiya, Ward 8, Unit 1, voters have been allegedly driven away from the polling unit by hoodlums and they have taken refuge at the palace of Olufon of Ifon-Orolu.

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8:21am Oshogbo LGA: Voting has commenced as aged people are reportedly given preference at PU 17, ward 5.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

Voters standing in long cue at polling unit 17, Ward 5 in Oshogbo. Credit: Premium Times
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8.20am: The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Osun state, Olusegun Agbaje visited Ward 5 Unit 17, Alekuwodo Osogbo.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Osun state, Olusegun Agbaje visited Ward 5 Unit 17, Alekuwodo Osogbo. Credit: The Punch
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8am [Ward 5 Unit 17, Alekuwodo in Osogbo]: There is reportedly heavy presence of security operatives as voters are already on the queue waiting for voting to commence. INEC officials are also on ground.

The security operatives are stationed at the entrance of the street and at every adjoining street to prevent disruption of the exercise.

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election

Osun Decides 2018: LIVE UPDATES from the rerun election
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7:15am [Orolu LGA]: There is apprehension in Ifon, Orolu LGA as residents gather in tens and hundreds discussing, a report by Premium Times states.

It was alleged that about twelve vehicles carrying thugs working for one of the parties drove ahead.

Observers, residents and other interested parties are waiting for security reinforcement to proceed to polling units.

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