Updated: March 5, 2021
The Nigerian electoral commission on Sunday declared the Osun State governorship election inconclusive, after the two leading candidates were only separated by 354 votes while canceled votes were over 3000.
Joseph Fuwape, the presiding officer of the election said the PDP candidate, Isiaka Adeleke, won majority 254,698 votes while Gboyega Oyetola of the APC came a close second with 254,345 votes.
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“Unfortunately as the returning officer, it’s not possible to declare anybody as the clear winner of the election on the first ballot,” Mr Fuwape said, according to multiple Nigerian outlets.
He said the total registered voters in the five polling units where elections were cancelled is 3,498 votes, a figure higher than the difference between the votes of the leading candidates, a re-run election had to be conducted, the INEC chief explained.
“I, Joseph Adeola Fuwape, hereby, declare this election inconclusive,” he said.