Sen. Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Osun governorship election, has rejected the result of the rerun poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the early hours of Friday, declared Gboyega Oyetola winner of the contest, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes. Adeleke, in a statement in Osogbo by his campaign organisation’s spokesperson, Mr Olawale Rasheed, said he would seek legal redress.
Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, the APC candidate defeated Adeleke with 482 votes in the rerun poll.
Oyetola scored a total of 255,505 to defeat Adeleke who scored 255,023.
Adeleke, however, alleged that voters were deliberately refused access to polling points at gun points while those allowed to voting centres were forced to vote for APC.
He said PDP party agents were arrested, beaten up and shut out of polling centres while the roads were blocked to stop voters and observers.
“Applying all standards, today’s supplementary poll is a non-event as all norms of the electoral process are violated,” he said.
The campaign vowed to challenge the outcome legally.
The election was earlier declared inconclusive and a rerun ordered because the number of cancelled votes was higher than the margin between the two top candidates.
Adeleke then led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the APC.