Osun rerun: Sporadic shootings, vote buying mar election
As electorate throng the four local governments of Osogbo, Orolu, Ife North and Ife South to participate in the rerun election slated for Thursday, sporadic shootings and vote buying have obviously marred the process.
At ward 5, unit 17, Alekuwodo, Osogbo, many of the voters were chased away by hoodlums suspected to be working for a political party as they continued to shoot sporadically.
The intervention of military personnel eventually calmed the tensed atmosphere and normalcy was restored.
Also, many of the voters at Orolu were prevented by political thugs from assessing the three polling units in the local government.
The police eventually called for more reinforcement to ameliorate the situation and doused tension.
Meanwhile, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), agent was noticeably missing at Adereti Village, Ward 7, Unit 12, in Ife South local government, as vote buying and selling visibly dominated the voting environment.
An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), Mr Stephen Oyewande, who is the deputy director, Voters Education, when asked why PDP was missing, said: “Call the state chairman of the party why his party agent is not here. I can’t explain why he is not here.”
However, Lateef Abimbola of All Progressives Congress (APC), Olaiya Yemi of All Peoples Alliance, (APA), Rasheed Mojeed of Advance Congress of Democrat, (ADC), Adeyemo Gafar of Action Democratic Party, (ADP) and Bayo Shittu of Social Democratic Party (SDP), were present at the polling centre.
Also, some serving Commissioners and Special Advisers of Osun state government were sighted in the polling centre.
Security around the polling unit was water-tight, even as Ife/Ondo road was partially blocked to traffic.
Though they were later allowed to move, many commuters, especially those moving towards Ondo end of Ife/Ondo road, were stranded for some hours owing to roadblock mounted by the soldiers on election duty.
Speaking to newsmen, Supervisory Presiding Officer, Femi Kuku, said the exercise was going on well without hitch.
However, an unconfirmed report has it that PDP agent, as well as some supporters of the party, were chased out the polling unit.
Osun rerun: PDP agent declared missing
There was a slight drama at the Ward 7, Unit 12 Polling Unit in Adereti village, Ife South Local Government Area, as a PDP agent in the ongoing governorship rerun election in Osun was missing on duty.
INEC Deputy Director, Voters Education, Stephen Oyewande told NAN that he could not explain why the PDP agent was not on duty at the polling unit.
Oyewande told newsmen to ask PDP leaders on the whereabouts of the missing party agent.
“ Call the state chairman of the party and ask him why his party agent is not here. I can’t explain why he is not here,’’ he said.
There was tight security at the polling unit as voters were prevented from bringing their smartphones close to the polling units.
Present at the polling unit were Lateef Abimbola of All Progressives Congress, Olaiya Yemi of All Peoples Alliance and Rasheed Mojeed of Advance Congress of Democrats.
Also present were Adeyemo Gafar of Action Democratic Party and Bayo Shittu of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Osun rerun: Police, INEC speak on vote-buying
Bello Ahmed, the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police in charge of the Osun governorship re-run election in Olede in Ife South Local Government, has said that security agents were monitoring the issue of vote-buying.
Ahmed, while speaking with newsmen at Adereti polling Unit 12, ward 7 in Olode on Thursday, said that anyone caught buying votes would be arrested.
He, however, said that the election had been peaceful, adding that voters were behaving maturely.
”We are law-abiding and we obey the rule of law but anyone who perpetrates crime will be arrested.
“But so far, so good; the election is going on smoothly,” Ahmed said.
Also speaking, Mr Stephen Ojewande, Deputy Director of Voter Education and Publicity, INEC, said nobody was allowed to come to the polling unit with smartphones.
Ojewande said people with smartphones were restricted 300 metres away from the polling units.
“We ensure that nobody comes to the polling unit with smartphones.
“We also ensure that people with smartphones are chased 300 metres away from the polling unit,” he said.
Ojewande also said that voting would end by 2 p.m., adding that the last person on the queue would be attended to.
Osun election: Gun-wielding thugs chase voters away, collect voters cards at Orolu [VIDEO]
Electorates at the Orolu Local Government of Osun State have taken to the streets in protest following the forceful collection of their voters’ card by gun-wielding thugs.
Popular Nigerian musician, Davido and who is backing his uncle, Ademola Adeleke to emerge governor of the state, retweeted a report by TheCable, saying, “Voters protesting in Orolu LG after their voters cards were collected by gun-wielding thugs and sent away.”
In the video, voters lamented that they were sent away by the thugs.
An elderly woman said they were sent away from their homes yesterday by thugs working for politicians who didn’t want them to vote https://www.thecable.ng/live-osun-governorship-rerun-election …
Osun rerun: INEC speaks on ‘arrest of electoral observers, journalists’
The Independent National Electoral Commission has spoken on the alleged arrest of some electoral observers at polling units in Osun state as voting is currently in progress.
The electoral umpire assured electorates that it will address the issues of pressmen and electoral observers allegedly being arrested and prevented from operating in polling units by security agents.
In a post on its verified Twitter handle, @inecnigeria, the electoral umpire wrote: “INEC is disturbed about reports that accredited media and observers are being arrested or prevented from operating in some polling units. This is being taken up with the security agencies.”
Meanwhile, the rerun election is being held at seven polling units located in Orolu, Osogbo, Ife North and Ife South council areas.
Osun rerun: REC official warns electorate, party agents against snatching of ballot boxes
Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, has warned electorates and party agents against snatching of ballot boxes during the state re-run election.
Agbaje said anyone caught in the act will be in danger even as he assured the electorate of adequate security as voting process commences.
Agbaje gave the assurance when he visited the polling unit at Ward 5, Unit 17, on Adewale Street, Alekuwodo Area in Osogbo.
He said INEC and the ad hoc staff were ready to conduct the election and that “the deployment of heavy security is an assurance that nobody or individuals can disrupt the process.
“INEC staff and ad hoc staff are prepared for the election and we have heavy security presence which will guarantee the safety of everyone.
“Anybody coming to snatch ballot boxes is putting his or life in danger.
“Party agents should conduct themselves in an orderly manner, while the electorate should remain peaceful.”
Agbaje equally charged corps members serving at polling units to take their time and make sure they verify voter cards very well before they allow them to vote.
He said “Election should close by exactly 2 p.m. because of the limited units and voters”, saying he is optimistic the election would run smoothly.
Osun election: PDP raises alarm as security agencies bar journalists, observers
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday raised the alarm over the decision of security agencies of stopping journalists and accredited observers from participating in today’s rerun.
PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan made the allegation via his Twitter handle.
Ologbondiyan also claimed that the All Progressives Congress, APC, was plotting to use security to intimidate voters.
He tweeted, “@OfficialPDPNig condemns the stoppage of journalists and observers accredited to monitor the supplementary election in Osun by security agents.
“@OfficialAPCNg’s plot to use security agents to intimidate voters, journalists, observers and rig the election is unacceptable.”
Osun rerun: Davido cries out over military interference in election
As the Osun State governorship rerun election takes off, popular Nigerian singer, Davido, on Thursday disclosed what military officers are doing in Orolu polling unit.
The award-winning singer disclosed that military officers have sealed off the polling unit, and that voters can’t perform their civic rights.
Davido, who is a niece to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke made the disclosure via his Twitter handle.
He wrote: According to information just received at 8:06am the military has sealed off a polling unit in Orolu and refusing voters from entering the place. International observers should please take note. @USEmbassyAbuja, @inecnigeria, @IsiakaAdeleke1
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had on Saturday rescheduled the keenly contested governorship election to today.
Osun election: Adeleke cries out, reveals what is happening in state right now
The Governorship candidate under the flagship of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has described the ongoing rerun election in seven units in the state as a ‘coup.‘
Adeleke, who spoke with Punch on Thursday said that supporters of the PDP were being denied access to ballot papers in the governorship rerun election.
“What is happening in Osun State now is not an election. What we have is a coup. That is what we are witnessing now.
“Our supporters are being harassed and are not allowed to vote at all. Let the whole world know that this is not democracy, ” he said.
Ademola Adeleke of the PDP led the race in last Saturday’s election with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than Oyetola.
The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where votes were cancelled.
Consequently, the Returning Officer for the election, Professor Joseph Afuape, declared the poll inconclusive.
Today, voters will storm some polling units in Orolu, Ife South, Ife North and Osogbo LGAs of Osun State to determine who will lead the state for another four years.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had ordered for a rerun after it declared the last Saturday’s governorship election inconclusive.
According to the Returning Officer, Joseph Fuwape, 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.
Afuwape said since the number of cancelled votes, 3,498, exceeded the difference between the two leading parties (353), no winner could be declared, hence his decision to declare the election inconclusive.
Today, the political destiny of the state is in the hand of the people of Olode, in Ife South Local Government, Orolu, Alekuwodo in Osogbo, Oyere, in Ife South and others.
In a couple of hours, the people of the state will know who will be their governor between a federal government backed-Gboyega Oyetola or David Adeleke, aka, Davido-backed Ademola Adeleke.