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#OsunDecides2018: The whole nation is now waiting for Osun’s most important city

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#OsunDecides2018: The whole nation is now waiting for Osun’s most important city

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Osogbo, the capital of Osun state gained a larger-than-usual status: Everyone was talking about it. As results from 29 Osun local government areas came in and was announced at various INEC collation centres, two things became abundantly clear. First, the Osun governorship election would be one of the closest in the country’s history; and secondly, the fate of the election would depend on the result from Osogbo.

The PDP’s Ademola Adeleke has won 12 LGAs while the PDP’s Gboyega Oyetola has won 13 LGAs. However, Adeleke led by about 12000 votes. The candidates of the SDP (Iyiola Omisore) and ADP (Adeoti) have won two and one LGAs respectively.

Here’s a graphic of how things stand, thanks to our friends at The Election Network (TEN).

Several supporters of the APC continue to have faith that the party can overturn the almost 12,000 deficit with results from Osogbo. Four years ago, the party had won the capital with more than 30,000 votes. However, the facts of this particular election are quite different. For one it is a much tighter race, and the PDP has outperformed its tally from four years ago in almost every local government area. It has even defeated the APC in some of the party’s traditional strongholds like Ilesa West. Even in Gov. Rauf Aregbesola’s LGA, Ilesa East, the APC won by just 1500 votes whereas in 2014 it won there by over 10,000 votes. Secondly results from some wards in Osogbo have already been released and it shows a very tight election there.

Last night, there were reports of gunshots being fired by policemen in the capital, but in all it has been a relatively peaceful experience so far. Supporters of the PDP this morning have gathered at the INEC headquarters expecting a favourable announcement and applying pressure on the electoral commission.

Right now, Osun state and the entire nation waits for Osogbo.

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