STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC) ON THE OSUN GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION
The Osun State Governorship Election took place as planned on 22nd
September, 2018. As widely testified by Independent Observers and many
candidates, the election proceeded smoothly. Election materials arrived on
time, voters were very orderly and polling units opened at the designated time of 8:00am. In fact, most of the reports received by the Commission indicate that about 98% of the 3,010 Polling Units opened on time, which surpassed the situation in all previous elections organized by the Commission.
Clearly, this has been one of the most keenly contested elections in Nigeria
in recent times. We congratulate the Osun State voters for their keen interest in the polls, as shown in the large turnout, their orderliness and their respect for the rules governing the process.
We also thank all stakeholders,including
the political parties and candidate, election observers, security agencies,
traditional rulers, for their unprecedented cooperation before, during and since the election.
Notwithstanding the successful conduct of the elections, the Returning Officer, Professor Joseph Adeola Fuwapet Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, has communicated to the Commission his inability to make a return in accordance with the legal framework and INEC Guidelines.
This is as a result of areas where results were cancelled, there was no voting or there were disruptions. The affected areas are as follows:
Reason for Cancellation: Disruption
Number of Polling Units: 3
Voters Affected: 947
2. Ife South
Reason for Cancellation: Malfunction of SCR
Number of Polling Units: 2
Voters Affected: 1314
3. Ife North
Reason for Cancellation: Over voting
Number of Polling Units: 1
Voters Affected: 353
4. Oshogbo LGA
NO VOTING TOOK PLACE
Number of Polling Units: 1
Voters Affected: 884
Total: 7 Polling units Affected
3498 Voters affected
Based on the results collated by the Returning Officer, the margin between
the two leading candidates is 353 which is lower than the number of
registered voters in the affected areas. Extant law and INEC Guidelines and
Regulations provide that where such a situation occurs, a declaration may
not be made.
In the light of the foregoing, the Commission met and decided that it will
remobilize and return to the affected polling units on Thursday, 27th September. 2018 to Rerun the elections, conclude collation and make a Return.
We appeal to all stakeholders and particularly the people of Osun State to
continue with the maturity and peaceful manner they have so far approached
the elections. The Commission wishes to reiterate its pledge that it is only the
votes of the electorate in Osun State that will determine who becomes the
next Governor of their State.
PRINCE Solomon ADEDEJI SOYEBI
National Commissioner Chairman, Information & Voter Education Committee
Sunday 23rd September, 2018