Welcome to Legit.ng's live coverage of the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the July 16 guber election in Osun state.
There are three aspirants vying for the APC's guber ticket in the primary election holding today, Saturday, February 19, namely:
- Adegboyega Oyetola
- Alhaji Moshood Adeoti
- Lasun Yusuf
Finally, winner emerges in Osun APC governorship primary
Governor Oyetola has won the governorship primary of the APC!
He secured 221,169 votes to defeat Adeoti and Lasun Yusuf.
The Osun state governor was declared winner of the primary election by the Chairman of the poll, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazak of Kwara state, at the APC secretariat in Osogbo whete the collation was done.
Aregbesola speaks as Oyetola maintains early lead
Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, has asked his supporters not to be downcast or resort to violence over the outcome of the Osun governorship primary.
"I will urge you to maintain your cool and calm. Be not downcast, be not agitated. Hold your head high.
"We are still receiving and studying all these reports and will take a definitive position on them."
Official collation of results yet to start
Official collation of results is expected to take place at the APC secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital.
However, the collation exercise is yet to start. TheCable cited Rafiu Ajakaye, spokesperson of Abdulrahman AbdulRaqak, as saying that it "will start any moment from now".
Adeoti commends Osun APC Governorship Primaries Committee
Fáfolúyì Ọláyínká, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq's media aide, said Adeoti who is trailing Oyetola commends the Osun APC Governorship Primaries Committee after confirming the authenticity of the Osun APC membership register used for the exercise.
The committee is headed by the Kwara state governor.
According to Olayinka, Adeoti, wanting to ascertain the genuineness of the membership register, checked and affirmed its correctness in the presence of the two other aspirants, Lasun Yusuf and Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
The Kwara governor's media aide said the exercise is adjudged transparent, free and fair by independent observers.
The results so far
While the primary is not yet over, here are the available results so far, according to PM News:
Ward 8 Ilesa East LGA(Aregbesola’s ward)
Ward 5 in Irepodun LGA(Lasun Yusuf’s ward)
Lasun Yusuf: 10
Ward 4, Faji, Odo Otin LG (Ward of Kilomodemo KLM)
Prof. Isaac Adewole’s Ward 7, Ilesa East LG
Timothy Owoeye, Speaker House of Assembly, Ward 10, Ilesa East LG
Ajibola Famurewa, Ward 10, Atakumosa East LG
Engr. Remi Omowaiye, Commissioner for works and Transport, Ward 6, Ilesa West LG
Atakumosa West, Ward 10
Osogbo Ward 8
All the results for Osogbo
Ward 06 Ilesa East local government
Ward 10 Ifewara Atakunmosa west results
Muroko ward 9 Atakunmosa west results
Ward 3 Ola Oluwa LGA: (Dr Rafiu Isamotu’s (HCH) ward)
Registered voters: 539
Accredited voters: 529
Oriade ward 6
Oriade Ward 5
Oriade Ward 9
Oriade Ward 10
Oriade ward 3 (Ijebu Jesa)
Results from Osogbo; Oyetola maintains early lead
Some results from Osogbo, also indicated that Oyetola is sweeping the polls.
- Oyetola got 1879 votes at Ileri-Oluwa Bridge. Adeoti got 49 votes here.
- In Osogbo ward 12, Oyetola also scored 1,332 votes. There was zero vote for Adeoti
Oyetola in early lead
Updates from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) state that early results from some wards in the Osun APC governorship primary showed that Governor Oyetola is galloping ahead of his rivals, Moshood Adeoti and Lasun Yusuf.
- At Eyindi Ward 07 in Ila-Orangun, Oyetola won all the 545 votes cast by party members.
- At Ward 05, also in Ila Orangun, Oyetola swept all the 813 votes cast.
- In Alusekere Ward 05 Ede North, Oyetola won 720 out of the 730 votes. Adeoti, a got only 10 votes and there was no vote for Lasun Yusuf.
- Oyetola won Irepodun Ward 09, polling 567 votes. The Adeoti/Aregbesola camp got 147 votes. Lasun Yusuf won 14 votes.
- Oyetola also won Ward 4, Ido Osun, Egbedore LG by a large margin. He got 489 out of the 524 votes cast. Adeoti scored 35 votes.
Interior minister Aregbesola loses ward to Governor Oyetola
The minister of interior Rauf Aregbesola loses his Ward 8, Ifofin, Ilesha East to Governor Oyetola.
Not only did the minister lose, he was also absent to vote at the ward during the exercise.
The anointed aspirant of Aregbesola, Moshood Adeoti, garners 146 votes while Governor Oyetola polls 309.
Collation of results begins as voting ends
Voting has been concluded across almost all the wards in Osun.
The Cable reports that results are now been collated at LGA levels and are expected to be transmitted to the party secretariat in Osogbo for a state collation and declaration.
There's foul play, pro-Lasun voter declares
An APC member told journalists that it was ridicule for Governor Oyetola to win at Lasun Yusuf's ward.
"How will they say Oyetola won in Lasun's ward? Can Oyetola allow that to happen in his own ward? They just wrote 10 for us.
"...his councilors were the ones that acted as electoral officers. Nothing was recorded. They counted 10 for Yusuf Lasun. I wonder where they got that from with the number of his supporters here.
"We all came here to vote but can you believe that our votes were not recorded," he said.
"When we asked the electoral officer where to record our votes, we did not get anything. No electoral officer, the people working for Oyetola,..."
Adeoti's loyalists allege disenfranchisement
Loyalists of Moshood Adeoti have alleged that their names have been removed from the party register, thereby disenfranchising them in the ongoing governorship primary.
Oyetola cruising to easy victory as he claims 1612 votes
At his polling unit in the Osun APC governorship primary, Governor Oyetola floored his opponents, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti and Lasun Yusuf.
The governor secured all the votes cast in the election, 1612.
The total number of accredited voters was 2053.
After casting his vote, the governor said God is in control and that he has no reason to panic.
"Why should I panic, God is in control. Everyone has the right to support his/her candidate."
"We should not see the contest as a do-or-die affair."
Oyetola casts his votes
The governor of Osun, Oyetola, has cast his vote at Saint Peter's Primary School as the voting exercise has commenced at his ward.
On his Twitter page, Oyetola urged citizens in the state to come out in their numbers and exercise their franchise in the ongoing primary election.
"My fellow Progressives, members of our great party, today is a great day to make your voice heard & your decision known."
"I urge you all to come out en mass with your membership slip and voters cards to elect your preferred candidate for the governorship election."
Voting about to commence across wards
The much-awaited voting exercise is about to commence as voters are already on queue to cast their votes.
Oyetola completes accreditation
Governor Oyetola has done accreditation.
After the completion of his accreditation, the Osun governor was seen returning to his car surrounded by security men ahead of the voting exercise which has been scheduled to commence by 12 noon.
Massive crowd as Oyetola arrives his polling booth
There was a huge crowd and jubilation when Governor Gboyega Oyetola arrived at his polling booth to cast his vote at Saint Peter's Primary School.
Voters were also there checking their names at the ward.
Direct primary is beautiful, Senate's spokesman Ajibola Bashiru
At Ward 7, Aromole, Osogbo LGA, Ajibola Bashiru, the Senate spokesman, told newsmen that the atmosphere is peaceful.
"I think the atmosphere is peaceful and you can see the atmosphere of and the joy of party members.
"That's the beauty of direct primaries. People coming around to come and own the party and express their preference."
"I think this will signal to us politicians that we need to connect with party members and people."
There's no violence, we're all friends
The secretary at Ward 1, Osogbo South LGA, Rafiu Ajibola, has told journalists that there is no feud between Governor Gboyega Oyetola and Moshood Adeoti, the two major aspirants battling for the APC ticket.
No money, no vote, says delegate
While voters at ward 7, Aromole, Osogbo, were checking their names on the list ahead of accreditation, a man who identified himself as Sikiru said he came to the place since 8am to cast his vote.
He is expecting that vote-buying will take place during the exercise and insisted that without money, he will not vote.
Speaking to The Cable, he said:
"I got here by 8 am but nothing had started then. I have been accredited, just waiting to vote," he asked.
"Are you a party agent? I hope you people will share money o.
"Ko si owo, ko si ibo (no money, no vote)."
Agents of aspirants disagree
The accreditation exercise at Ward 5, Osogbo West, was halted due to arguments between agents of two prominent aspirants.
The Cable reports that there were claims that the process of accreditation “will favour one aspirant over the other".
However, policemen manning the ward intervened and return peace and calm to the process and place.
Accreditation of delegates begin
Across various wards, accreditation of delegates has been reported to have commenced. The primary election is expected to be an open ballot otherwise called Option A4.
We will be fair to all, says Governor Abdulrazaq
Ahead of the poll, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state, the chairman of the committee to conduct the election, says "we will be fair to all"
On Friday, February 18, he said his committee will be fair to all aspirants in the APC governorship primaries.
Brief info about the three aspirants
Gboyega Oyetola is the incumbent governor of Osun state. He is seeking re-election for a second term in office.
Oyetola is from Osun Central Senatorial District and is believed to have the backing of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the APC, and Bisi Akande, a former governor of the state.
Alhaji Moshood Adeoti is a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in the state. He is the anointed aspirant of Rauf Aregbesola, a former governor of the state and serving minister of interior.
Adeoti is from from Osun West Senatorial District.
Lasun Yusuf, the third aspirant, is a former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives. He is from Osun Central Senatorial District.
According to the APC chairman in Osun state, Gboyega Famodun, the primary will take place in 332 wards across the 30 local government areas of the state.