The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, has taken an early lead in the ongoing Osun State governorship election.
According to results posted on the portal of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Adeleke is leading the incumbent governor, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), with over 10,000 votes.
So far, Adeleke has polled 67,892 votes while Oyetola has 56,915 votes; meanwhile, counting is still ongoing.
There are a total of 1,955,657 registered voters in the election which held across 3,763 polling units.
SaharaReporters earlier reported that the 15 political parties’ candidates participating in the election include: Mr Oyegoke Omigbodun, Social Democratic Party (SDP); Dr Akin Ogunbiyi (Accord); Mr Yusuf Lasun (Labour Party); Munirudeen Atanda (Action Democratic Party).
More voters are expected to participate in the election than the 2018 poll when 767,444 electorates out of the 1,668,524 registered voters exercised their franchise.
In 2018, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Oyetola as winner, having polled 255,505 votes against Adeleke, who had 255,023 votes at the end of a supplementary election, which held in seven polling units across four local governments amidst allegations of harassment and other forms of malpractice.
The INEC had scheduled the rerun after declaring the main election inconclusive, won by Adeleke with 353 votes after polling 254,698 against Oyetola’s 254,345. It stated that the margin of votes between Adeleke and Oyetola was less than the number of cancelled votes in seven polling units.