Osun decides: Nigerians react as INEC declares governorship election inconclusive

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Nigerians have reacted to the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declaring the just-concluded governorship election in Osun State inconclusive.

INEC said Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, polled about 254,698 ahead of Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who garnered 254,345 votes.

This decision followed cancellation of votes in Orolu Local Government, Ife South LG, Ife North LG and Osogbo LG resulting, to the loss of 3498

However, Nigerians on social media have expressed divergent opinions over the announcement.

Here are some comments gathered:

@Dr. West-Idahosa. “INEC says the Osun Governorship election is inconclusive because the difference in votes is less than the number of cancelled votes. They are probably relying on their 2015 guidelines which appears contrary to Constitutional provisions on this matter. It may make sense if the votes involved are in relation to centers were elections were not held due to no fault of the voters. However, were elections were held and votes are cancelled, they remain cancelled. They ought not to form part of the counting process and should not influence the outcome of the elections for any reason whatsoever. In Oshiomhole vs Osunbor & ors, cancelled votes were added to PDP’s scores. All the courts held that cancelled votes had no role to play in an election. The votes were deducted and Oshomhole was declared winner of the election. Why is INEC giving so much priority to cancelled votes on this occasion. I can’t fathom it. This may be more political than legal. My view.”

@El_crucifixion “What a country! INEC is no longer an independent body.”

@Iamfemifactor “Inconclusive because it didnt dance to the tune INEC wanted to play… Nigeria and politics.”

@EletrickShark “INEC should not make the mistake of handing over Osun to APC the people have spoken they want APC out.”

@Samie_keny “APC and INEC are at it again. Elections inconclusive in what sense. They have given room for “Jagaban” and his allies to loot the rerun.”

@Philphiltin “So PDP wins Osun and INEC calls the result inconclusive… Our democracy is under sabotage.”

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