The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has ordered the closure of three tertiary institutions in the state following a protest which turned violent in Ilesa.
The state government announced this in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Adeniyi Adesina.
“Following the unwarranted destruction of public property by irate members of the public in Ilesa, Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Monday night ordered the closure of three higher institutions of learning,” the statement said.
Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, has defeated his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, in Ekiti and Osun States, the first two states officially announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday.
In Ekiti, President Buhari conquered the PDP candidate by 65,199 votes after polling a total 219,231 votes as against Atiku’s 154,032 votes cast.
According to the INEC Returning Officer and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka, the total number of registered voters in the state is 899,919 and the total number of accredited voters is 395,741.
The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has described the voting process as credible and security excellent has he cast his vote at Ward 1 polling unit 2 at his home Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area, Osun central.
The governor alongside with his wife, Kafayat Oyetola performed their civic responsibility at exactly 10:32am.
The former governor, Rauf Aregbesola, also cast his vote at his home town Ilesa in Osun east with his wife at 11:46 am
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 11 Command, Adeleye Oyebade, has assured residents of Ila Orangun Community in Ila Local Government Area of Osun state of peace ahead of Saturday’s general elections.
Oyebade gave the assurance on Wednesday during a meeting with the Police Commissioners from Oyo, Osun, and Ondo commands on security and logistics arrangements for the polls.
While reiterating the determination of the police to maintain law and order, Oyebade warned all politicians to sheath their sword.
According to him, the police in collaboration with its sister agencies will not hesitate to deal with anyone found culpable of disrupting the elections.
The remarks come shortly after residents of the Ila Orangun Community raised an alarm over the recent shootings in the area.
Addressing newsmen in Ila town, Spokesperson for the Ila Elders consultative forum, Gabriel Ajiboye sued for peace and called for a level playing ground for all candidates vying for various political offices.
“For some time now, there have been reports of shootings in the area which resulted in people being injured.
“There has also been a further report of likely disturbances between now and the election time next Saturday,” he stated.
Ajiboye appealed to residents of the community to be law abiding and cooperate with the police in maintaining law and order.
The Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal constituted to look into the complaints arising from the September 22 poll has been relocated to Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The Tribunal was moved from the High Court of Justice Complex, Osogbo to FCT High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja.
Secretary of the tribunal, Adamu Aliyu, announced this on Saturday in a statement posted on the notice board within the premises of the High Court of Justice Complex, Osogbo, the state capital.
The statement read, “The general public should be informed that the sitting of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has been relocated from High Court Justice Complex Osogbo to FCT High Court Apo, Abuja.”
The relocation followed a statement by the National Headquarters of the Court of Appeal that the tribunal has not been disbanded as claimed by a political party in the state.
Mr Aliyu also confirmed the development to Channels Television in a telephone interview but did not give any reason for the relocation of the tribunal.
Reacting to the news, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun said they were not informed of the logic behind the relocation of the tribunal to Abuja.
Mr Dele Adeleke, who spoke on behalf of the party, insisted that the geographical location of the tribunal would not prevent Senator Ademola Adeleke from reclaiming his mandate as the governor of the state.
He added that the party’s legal team remained undeterred in the quest to expose the purported electoral frauds that took place during the election.
After days of back and forth over the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the Osun governorship election inconclusive, voters in seven polling units will today decide who will be declared winner.
INEC had declared the election inconclusive after announcing that the margin between the two top candidates was less than the total number of votes in polling units where voting was cancelled.
PDP candidate Ademola Adeleke led the race with 353 votes after polling 254,698 votes, as against the 254,345 votes his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the APC got.
Voting is taking place today in seven polling units with a possible 3,498 votes up for grabs.
Here is a quick glance at the polling units in which supplementary election is being held and why that is the case.
Stay with us for updates from our correspondents in Osun:
8:00 am: It’s underway. Voting has commenced at the polling units where the supplementary election is taking place.
A morning rain in Ife South was not enough to stop the electorates from queueing up to participate in the election.
8:34 am: Accreditation commenced at 8 am at polling unit 012 in Ward 7, Adereti Village in Ife South Local government Area. Although it is raining, voters there have remained undaunted and are getting accredited to vote.
9:42 am: A polling unit 012 in Ward 7 Olode, Adereti Village in Ife South, there are no PDP agents on sight. There is, however, a heavy tight security at the unit.
Here is a peek at what is going on:
10:40 am: Meanwhile, INEC has expressed concerns about reports that observers and journalists are being prevented from doing their jobs.
INEC is disturbed about reports that accredited media and observers are being arrested or prevented from operating in some polling units. This is being taken up with the security agencies.#OsunDecides2018
The voting process in Osogbo suffered a setback when voters were forced to flee a polling unit after gunshots were being fired close to the polling unit.
1:23 pm: Voters who fled the polling unit in Osogbo are back after security operatives assured them of their safety. The process is back on.
1:32 pm: Police announce the arrest of 16 persons allegedly in possession of illegal INEC observer tags.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Folasade Odoro, disclosed this in a statement.
“Police team on stop and search duties at Orolu; intercepted vehicles with sixteen persons on board in possession of customized INEC tags, face cap and jackets with the inscription of “INEC Osun 2018 Election Observer,” Odoro said.
2:36 pm: Voting has ended in the supplementary election and the sorting and counting of votes are underway.
The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, winner of the Osun Governorship election.
Governor Tambuwal said the declaration of results as inconclusive by the commission (INEC) is an attempt to suppress the will of the people.
He stated this while meeting with leaders and supporters of the PDP in Minna, Niger State.
Governor Tambuwal said that the people of Osun state like every Nigerian desire a change in governance.
The PDP candidate Adeleke, during the election, led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress.
The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where voting was cancelled.
A total of 48 candidates contested in the election, which is considered a crucial test for INEC as it was the last major poll before the 2019 general elections.