The die is cast and the stage is set for what will be a showdown as the people of Osun State go to the poll to elect a governor. Today's election is expected to be keenly contested with incumbent, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, seeking a second term of office.
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Follow this live update for minute by minute account from the Osun Governorship election.
Meanwhile, 14 other candidates from 14 from parties, including main challenger and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag-bearer, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Jackson Adeleke, are expected to give the All Progressives Congress (APC) a run for their money.
Other frontline contenders in today's election are the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Lasun Yusuf, representing the Labour Party; Akin Ogunbiyi of the Accord Party and Social Democratic Party candidate, Goke Omigbodun.
Other candidates participating in the Osun 2022 governorship election are: Munirudeen Atanda (ADP); Lukman Awoyemi (APM); Busuyi Ayowole (PRP); Awojide Segun (AAC); Adeleke Adedapo (BP); Adebayo Elisha (APP); Rasaq Saliu (NNPP); Abede Samuel (NRM); Ademola Adeseye (YPP); and Adesuyi Olufemi (ZLP).
The Independent Electoral Commission has announced that Accreditation and Voting shall commence at 8:30 am and close at 2:30 p.m.
The accreditation process shall comprise authentication and verification of voters, using the Bimodal Accreditation System (BVAS) deployed by INEC.
This governorship election will be fought in 3763 polling units across 332 wards in the 30 Local Government Areas in Osun state.
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(07:17am) WE HAVE A WINNER, ADELEKE TAKES IT!
INEC returning officer has declared the PDP candidate, Adeleke, winner of the election with 403,371 votes while the incumbent, Oyetola, scored 375,027 votes.
(05:06) As it stands after 25 LGAs
(05:01am) Irewole L.G.A
Total No votes= 74,268
Valid votes = 33,315
Total votes cast =34,139
(04:48am) Egbedore L.G.A
Total No votes= 53,150
Accredited voters= 24,283
Valid votes = 23,072
Rejected votes-= 377
Total votes cast = 23,449
(04:40am) Ede North L.G.A
Total No votes= 71,748
Accredited voters= 34,735
Valid votes = 34,113
Rejected votes-= 571
Total votes cast = 34,684
(04:35am) Ejigbo L.G.A
Total No votes= 73,750
Accredited voters= 34,387
Valid votes = 33,329
Rejected votes-= 966
Total votes cast = 34,295
(04:22am) Isokan L.G.A
Total No votes= 53,288
Total votes cast = 22,987
(04:16am) Ede South L.G.A
Total No votes= 54,872
Valid votes = 25,691
Rejected votes-= 546
Total votes cast =26,237
(04:11am) Iwo L.G.A
Total No votes= 90,051
Valid votes = 35,634
Rejected votes-= 897
Total votes cast =36,531
(04:06) Ola Oluwa L.G.A
Total No votes= 37,149
Accredited voters= 17,214
Valid votes = 16,737
Rejected votes-= 455
Total votes cast =17,192
(04:00am) Aiyedaade L.G.A
Total No votes= 67,651
Accredited voters= 29,696
Valid votes = 28,988
Rejected votes-= 692
Total votes cast= 29,680
(03:54am) Oriade L.G.A
Total No votes= 69,651
Accredited voters= 31,798
Valid votes = 30,941
Rejected votes-= 806
Total votes cast= 31,747
(03:47am) Irepodun L.G.A
Total No votes= 57,712
Accredited voters= 29,913
Valid votes = 29,032
Rejected votes-= 544
Total votes cast= 29,576
(03:37am) Ife Central L.G.A
Total No votes= 113,232
Accredited voters= 33,413
Valid votes = 32,544
Rejected votes-= 865
Total votes cast= 33,409
(03:27am) Ifedayo L.G.A
Total No votes= 19,598
Accredited voters= 10,300
Valid votes = 9,912
Rejected votes-= 124
Total votes cast= 10,036
(03:22am) Ife North L.G.A
Total No votes= 58,672
Accredited voters= 21,774
Valid votes = 21,050
Rejected votes-= 650
Total votes cast= 21,700
(03:17am) Olorunda L.G.A
Total No votes= 104,700
Accredited voters= 42,009
Valid votes = 41,187
Rejected votes-= 737
Total votes cast= 41,924
Total No votes= 39,653
Accredited voters= 21,182
Valid votes = 20,765
Rejected votes-= 413
Total votes cast= 21,178
(03:07am) Obokun L.G.A
Total No votes= 53,267
Accredited voters= 24,447
Valid votes = 23,813
Rejected votes-= 586
Total votes cast= 24,399
(03:00am) Boripe L.G.A
Total No votes= 89,538
Accredited voters= 30,563
Valid votes = 29,510
Rejected votes-= 598
Total votes cast= 30,108
Odo Otin L.G.A
Total No votes= 66,866
Accredited voters= 28,864
Valid votes = 28,185
Rejected votes-= 422
Total votes cast= 28,607
Total No votes= 37,092
Accredited voters= 17,284
Valid votes = 17014
Rejected votes-= 253
Total votes cast= 17,267
(02:42am)Ilesa West L.G.A
Total No votes= 71,001
Accredited voters= 26,364
Valid votes = 25,403
Rejected votes-= 881
Total votes cast= 26,284
(02:34am) Ifelodun L.G.A
Total No votes= 80,021
Accredited voters= 34,860
Valid votes = 34,036
Rejected votes-= 792
Total votes cast= 34,828
(02:22am) Atakunmosa West L.G.A
Total No votes= 36,470
Accredited voters= 15,171
Valid votes = 14,794
Rejected votes-= 353
Total votes cast= 15,147
(02:14am) Ila L.G.A
Total No votes= 46,623
Accredited voters= 24,947
Valid votes = 24,572
Rejected votes-= 334
Total votes cast- 24,906
(02:09am) Osogbo L.G.A
Total No votes= 142,459
Accredited voters= 56,020
Valid votes = 54,997
Rejected votes-= 945
Total votes cast- 55,942
(02:02am) Ilesa East L.G.A
Total No votes= 73440
Accredited voters= 26179
Valid votes =25342
(01:52am) Result for Boluwaduro L.G.A
Total No voters= 24329
Accredited voters= 12007
Valid votes -1175
APC= 5649 LP=9
Results announcement from INEC headquarters now underway.
(00:01) We've now entered the second day of coverage
(08:42) Result from Molete 2, Ward 6, Iwo LGA
APC: 1271; PDP: 1165
(08:33pm) Results from Ede North so far
After 8 wards out of 11 wards in Ede North LGA
APC: 5868; PDP: 15099
Three more wards to go.
(08:15pm) Result from Ward 07, Sabo/Agbongbe II, Ede North
APC: 929; PDP: 2476
(08:12pm) Result from Ward 06, Sabo/Agbongbe I, Ede North
APC: 885; PDP: 1767
APC agent alleged that there was overvoting at PU 005, Ward 06, Ede North. The INEC collation officer told the party to put it into writing.
(08:10) Result from Ward 10, Asunmo, Ede North
APC: 488; PDP: 1445
(08:09) Result from Ward 11, Bara Ejemu, Ede North
APC: 364; PDP: 1191
Result from PU 07, Molete ward 3, Iwo LGA
APC: 136; PDP: 108
(05:55pm) Result from PU 16, Ward 5, opposite Technical College, Ataoja E, Osogbo LGA
APC: 106; PDP: 212
(05:53pm) Result from PU 06, Molete ward 3, Iwo LGA
APC: 111; PDP: 156
(05:52pm) Result from PU03, ward 8, Jolaiya area, Irewole LGA
PDP: 185; APC: 183
(05:47pm) Result from PU06, Ward 7, Oke Asa, Irewole LGA
APC: 220; PDP: 197
(05:46pm) Result from PU 06, Oke-Adan ward 3, Iwo LGA
APC: 102; PDP: 117
(05:46pm) Result from PU08, Ward 1, Ori Eru, Irewole LGA
APC: 95; PDP: 127; ADP: 8
(05:46pm) Governor Oyetola records convincing win at his polling unit
Result: PU02, Ward 1, Popo Iragbiji, Boripe LGA
(05:39pm) Result from PU 5, Ward 4, Ifelodun LGA
APC: 82; PDP: 120; AAC: 2; ADP: 3
(05:38pm) Result from PU 07, Oke-Adan ward 3, Iwo LGA
APC: 125; PDP: 128
(05:39pm) Result from PU03 Ward 1, Ori Eru, Irewole LGA
PDP: 114; APC: 112
(05:38pm) Result from PU 08, Oke-Adan ward 3, Iwo LGA
APC: 83; PDP: 70
(05:36pm) Result from PU01 Ward 1, Ayedade Ikire, Irewole LGA
PDP: 163; APC: 166
(05:35pm) Result from PU02 Ward 1, Ayedade Ikire, Irewole LGA
PDP: 86; APC: 117
(04:06pm) APC Wins Bisi Akande's polling unit
Result: PU 12, Ward 04, Isedo, Ila-Orangun
PDP: 117; APC: 140
(04:05pm) Result from PU 007, Ward 01 Okesa, Ilesa East LGA
A:01; AAC:02; ADP: 01; APC: 98; APM: 01; PDP: 106; YPP: 01; ZLP: 01
(04:04pm) Result from PU 007, Ward 01 Okesa, Ilesa East LGA
A:01; AAC:02; ADP: 01; APC: 98; APM: 01; PDP: 106; YPP: 01; ZLP: 01
(04:03pm) Result from PU 04, Ward 10, Egbedore LGA
APC: 145; PDP: 213; LP: 01
(03:56PM) Result from PU 03, Dispensary Bode-Osi, Bode-Osi ward 8, Olaoluwa LGA
APC: 137; PDP: 151; NRM: 1; PRP: 1; A: 1
Registered votes: 754; Votes cast: 315; Invalid votes: 24
(03:54pm) Adeleke records landslide win at his polling unit
Result: Ward 02, PU 009 Abogunde, Ede North
APC: 23; PDP: 218
(03:48pm) Result from PU 004, Ward 08, Isibo/Buari-Isolo, Oba's palace, Ede North
APC: 44; PDP: 131
(03:45pm) Result from 008, Ward 08, Isibo/Buari-Isolo, Ede North
APC: 53; PDP: 129
(03:44pm) Result from PU 005, Ward 6, Alapomu, Isokan LGA
APC: 84; PDP: 132
(03:44pm) Result from PU21, Ward 10, Egbedore LGA.
APC: 18; PDP: 20; LP: 0
(03:42pm) Result from PU21, Ward 10, Egbedore LGA.
APC: 18; PDP: 20; LP: 0
(03:40pm) Result from PU 004, Fajuyi Hall OAU, Ward 05, Iremo/Ajebamidele, Ife Central LGA
PDP: 28; APC: 29; Accord: 9; LP: 2
(03:39pm) Result from PU 07, Open space, opposite Olubode palace, Bode-Osi Ward 8, Olaoluwa LGA
APC: 90; PDP: 108; NRM: 1; APM: 1; ADP: 3; PRP: 1
Registered voters: 329; Votes cast: 209; Invalid votes: 5
(03:38pm) Result from PU 28, Iremo/Ajebandele, OAU campus
PDP: 10; APC: 08
(03:38pm) Result from Ward 03, PU18, Egbedore LGA
APC: 24; PDP: 20; LP: 0
(03:37pm) Result from PU 006, Ward 08, Isibo/Buari-Isolo, Ede North
APC: 48; Accord: 1; PDP: 178
(03:37pm) APC wins Aregbesola's polling unit
The moment APC was declared winner in the polling unit of Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior.
(03:06pm) Party agents, INEC disagree over a ballot
An argument over invalid votes breaks out between party agents and the presiding officer at PU 005, Ward 8, Moro, Ife North LGA.
(02:57pm) Results are coming in from polling units.
(PU 4, Elepo village, Bode-Osi ward 8, Olaoluwa LGA)
APC: 38; PDP: 96; AAC: 2; PRP: 1; YPP: 1;
Registered votes: 329; Votes cast: 141; and Invalid votes: 3
(02:54pm) Sorting and counting commences at Aregbesola's Polling Unit
Sorting of votes has started at the polling unit 1, Isare Ward 8, Ilesha East. This is the polling unit where Aregbesola was expected to cast his vote, but the minister didn't turn up for the exercise.
(02:53pm) Scores of accredited voters still waiting to cats their ballots
At polling unit Ward 4, Ogo-Oluwa, Osogbo LGA, many accredited voters were spotted waiting on the queue to cast their votes. The presiding officers said there are 2070 registered voters -- and there's a high turnout -- hence why the process is dragging beyond the official time for the end of voting - via TheCable.
(02:22pm) Voting still in progress at this polling unit, less than 10 minutes to the end of proceedings
Voting is still in full swing at Polling Unit 005, Ward 7, Ipetumodu 2, Ife North LGA, less than 10 minutes to the official end of voting.
(02:06pm) Davido's father casts his vote
Davido's father, Deji Adeleke, casts his vote in Ede.
(02:03pm) Voting ends at a polling unit in Ila-Orogun
Voting has ended at PUs 04 and 05, Ward 04, Ila-Orangun, but electoral officials are waiting till 2:30pm before the counting of votes begins.
(01:45pm) Voting has ended at a polling unit in Ede
Update: INEC adhoc staff unwind while they wait for voters at Polling Unit 005, Ward 04, Oba Laoye Grammar School, Alajue I, Ede South "We have 828 voters in this polling unit but only 361 have voted so far, we will stop voting by 2.30pm," says the presiding officer.
(01:02pm) Voter confesses to selling vote for three buckets of garri
A voter in Ilesha has said that he voted for one of the major parties because he “collected three buckets of garri". He, however, said that he would have had a rethink had the other major party also gave him something.
(12:56pm) Police officers cramped on a motorcycle
Three police officers on election duty in Osun State were spotted sharing a motorcycle en route to a polling unit in Ede South.
(12:45pm) Lasun cries out over vote buying
Labour Party candidate, Yusuf Lasun said he has received several reports of vote buying across the state. He also denies stepping down for Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the PDP.
"If we decide to keep buying votes on the day of the election, Nigeria is in problem," he said.
(12:34pm) INEC official captures voter with BVAS machine.
(12:17pm) Osun Assembly Speaker casts his vote
Speaker State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye casts his vote at unit 6 ward 10 Oro Ajimoko primary school, Orogba Ilesa
(12:09pm) Vote buying in full swing
Some voters at PUs 2 and 7, Bode-Osi Ward 8, Olaoluwa LGA, have told TheCable that party agents gave them N5,000 each while some others said they received N3,000.
(12:08pm) No Aregbesola in sight
Minister of Interior and former Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola is yet to show up at his polling unit in Ward 8, Ilesha East, hours after the commencement of voting.
Some of his supporters say they are still waiting for him to show up -- even as the queue gets shorter.
(12:06pm) The elderly queue in a separate line
The elderly have their own queue at polling unit 6, Ward 8, Apomu, Isokan LGA.
(12:04pm) Rain Disrupt voting in Ife South
Heavy rainfall has disrupted the voting process in many polling units in Ife South LGA.
(12:02pm) US election observes arrive Ede
US consulate election observers have just arrived at PU 004, Ward 04, Oba Laoye Grammar School, Ede South.
(11:59am) Lagos hoodlum arrested by security agents
A hoodlum, pictured above, has been arrested by the Police alongside his colleagues in Ifofin area of Ilesha. He gave his name as Ezekiel and said he resides in Lagos and had to come to Ilesha “to work”.
One of the suspected hoodlums arrested by the police in the Ifofin area of Ilesha gives his name as Ezekiel. He said he resides in Lagos and had to come to Ilesha “to work”.
(11:44am) Party agents keep close watch
Agents representing different parties and candidates and watching as events unfold at Polling Unit 004, Ward 04, Oba Laoye Grammar School, Ede South.
(11:14) SOS: We're getting overwhelmed, security operatives cry out
Security operatives stationed at Ward 04, PU008, Anuolu Junction, Alajue I, Ede North said they're being overwhelmed due to the large turnout of voters. There are over 1800 voters at this polling unit.
(11:13am) Voting progressing smoothly in Ilesha
The voting exercise has so far been itch-free at Polling Unit 6, Isare Ward 8, Ilesha East LGA.
(11:02am) The moment Governor Gboyega Oyetola was swarmed by supporters on arrival at his polling unit.
(11:00am) Governor Oyetola has voted
The incumbent governor of the state and APC candidate, Oyetola, alongside his wife, Kafayat, have just cast their votes.
(10:47am) First complaint
Voters at PU 006, Ward 04, Ode Oke, Ede South are reportedly complaining that the voting process is slow.
(10:35am) Labour Party candidate, Yusuf votes
Lasun Yusuf, the candidate of the Labour party has cast his vote at PU04, Ward 5, Woru compound, Irepodun LGA.
(10: 30am) Another frontline candidate, Ogunbiyi, casts his vote
Akin Ogunbiyi, Accord Party governorship candidate, has just cast his vote at PU03, Ward 05, Methodist Primary School, Ileogbo, Ayedire LGA
(10:25am) Osun youths troop out to vote
Young voters troop out to participate in the Osun governorship election - via TheCable
(10:00am) Former APC National Chairman, Akande, votes at his polling unit
Bisi Akande, chieftain of the APC, has just cast his vote at PU 12, Ward 01, Isedo, Ila-Orangun.
(09:42am) First glitch recorded as BVAS machine failed while voters anxiously wait to cast their ballots at Ward 6, Unit 2 Ikoti, Ilesa West.
(09:18am) 92-year-old grandma votes in Olu--Oluwa LGA
A 92-year-old grandmother has just cast her vote at Polling Unit 002, Ward 6, Baptist Primary School 1, Isore/Ikonifin, in Ola-Oluwa LGA.
(09:17am) The elderly voting first in Ayedade
The elderly stepped forward first to vote at PU01, Ward 1, Ayedade Ikire, Irewole LGA,
(09:04am) Voting gets underway in Ikire
Women were the first set of voters as voting gets underway at Polling Unit 006, Registration 06, Ikire.
(09:00am) Adeleke first candidate to vote
Candidate of the PDP, Ademola Adeleke, has cast his vote, making him the first among the contenders to vote.
(08:45am) INEC presiding officers read out voting instructions to awaiting voters.
INEC presiding officer reads out the procedures of voting with her colleague interpreting it in Yoruba language to voters who are waiting to cast their ballots at Salvation primary school, Polling Unit 005, Registration Area 05, Osogbo.
(08:45am) PDP candidate, Adeleke arrives his polling unit
PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke arrives at his polling unit at Abogunde in Ede North LGA - via TheCable
(08:43am) Voting commences at Polling Unit 1, Ward 3, Methodist School, Atakumosa West LGA.
Voting gets underway as the first voter comes forward for accreditation at Polling Unit 1, Ward 3, Methodist School, Atakumosa West LGA.
(08:37) Voters queue to exercise their franchise in Ilesha
Voters ready to vote at PU 1, Imo Ward 2, Ilesha East.
(08:05am) Election officials and security agents on ground
Election officials and security agents waiting for voters at Polling Unit 002, Ward 9, Kuta 1, Ayedire LGA as at 7.30am.
(07:49am) Elections official arrive early
As at 07:15am, INEC ad-hoc officials had already set up and waiting for voters at Polling Unit 35, Registration Area 5, Osogbo LGA
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