“We did it this time,” Adeleke said, with Davido replying, “yes”
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, in the early hours of today, emerged winner of Osun State election 2022.
In a video that surfaced online, Adeleke and award-winning Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, were seen celebrating the opposition party’s victory.
In the video obtained by our correspondent on Saturday, Adeleke and Davido hugged.
“We did it this time,” Adeleke said, with Davido replying, “yes”.
Adeleke beat his closest rival, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to emerge winner.
The election was held across the 30 local government areas of the state amid tight security with political parties adopting new methods of vote-buying.
It also witnessed huge turnout of voters as the electorate trooped out enmass to cast their votes.
Interestingly, as of press time, there was no record of violence.
The candidates, who took part in yesterday’s exercise, besides Oyetola and Adeleke, include a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, of the Labour Party; Dr Oyegoke Omigbodun of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and Dr Akin Ogunbiyi of the Accord Party. Others are Munirudeen Atanda of the Action Democratic Party, ADP; Lukman Awoyemi of Allied Peoples’ Movement , APM, and Busuyi Ayowole of Peoples Redemption Party, PRP.
Oyetola, Adeleke, Akande, Omisore, others win polling units. Major political actors secured victory at their respective polling units.
As the result of the election trickled in, Oyetola won his polling unit. Oyetola scored 545 votes against PDP’s 69.
His main rival, Adeleke, polled 218 at his polling unit in Ede-North against APC’s 23.
The election witnessed massive turn-out of voters in major towns across Osun.
In Ede, Osogbo, Olorunda, Shekona, Ile-Ife, Ilesa, Obokun, Ila, Iragbiji, Iwo and Ejigbo, voters left their houses as early as 7am to check their names on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, register pasted at the respective polling units.
Early arrival of INEC staff, voting materials
Officials of INEC, including NYSC members, arrived the polling units as early as 6:30am and were seen at their duty posts.
The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, was deployed at each of the polling units.
Though there were glitches at the early stage of voting, INEC officials were able to address the situation.
Combined security operatives including the army, navy, police, civil defence, immigration, road safety, NDLEA, DSS, and fire service, were deployed for the election.
They were able to maintain law and order in the various polling units across the state.
Also, some security agents, stationed at flash points and strategic areas were seen frisking vehicles.
Police helicopter provided aerial surveillance of the three senatorial districts as they were seen going round from time to time.