Osogbo — The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola emerged winner of the Osun State governorship election after yesterday's rerun in seven polling units.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Ademola Adeleke however described the rerun as a coup and vowed to challenge the outcome of the election.
The rerun election was marred by violence with cases of attacks by thugs in all the seven polling centres in Ife North, Ife South, Orolu and Osogbo Local Government areas.
Election observers and journalists were also harassed by the hoodlums while some were prevented from voting.
The results announced by INEC officials showed that in Ife South Osi Ward 8 PU10, APC had 172 while PDP had 21; in Ife North, Ward 10, PU2; APC had 126 while PDP had 2; in Osogbo Ataoja Ward 05 PU 017, APC had 299 while PDP has 165; in Orolu Ward 08 PU001, APC had 111 while PDP had 3; in Ife South, Olode Ward 07, PU12, APC had 283 while PDP had 15; in Orolu Ward, 08 PU004, APC had 198 while PDP had 15; in Orolu Ward 09 PU 003, APC had 41 while PDP had 64. This brings the tally for APC to 1,160 and PDP 325 in the rerun.
The PDP earlier led with 353 votes from Saturday's election.
Meanwhile, 16 persons were arrested in Orolu in possession of tags, face caps and jackets with the inscription of 'INEC Osun 2018 Election Observer'.
The police spokesperson in the state, Folasade Odoro said membership cards of the People Democratic Party were also found in possession of the suspects.