There was massive jubilation yesterday across length and breadth of Ogun State as Governor Ibikunle Amosun clinched victory in the April 11 gubernatorial election in the state.
Amosun defeated his close rival of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka who is the political son of former Governor Gbenga Daniel, and the candidate of Social Democratic Party, SDP, and the choice of former Governor Olusegun Osoba, Senator Akin Odunsi.
Announcing the result yesterday after collation from the 20 local government areas of the state, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, returning officer, Professor Duro Oni declared that Amosun polled 306, 988 to defeat Isiaka and Odunsin who scored 201, 440 and 25, 826 votes respectively.
According to Professor Oni, elections did not hold in nine polling units in Odeda Waterside and Sagamu Local Government Areas of the state.
He declared that the total registered voters of 2,343 in the units did not affect the overall result of the election.
The returning officer said, “All the registered voters in the nine local governments where the election did not hold did not affect the overall result of the election‎. I will, therefore, go ahead to declare the result of the Ogun State governorship election.
“I, Professor Duro Oni for Ogun State governorship election held on the 11th April 2015, hereby declare that the election was contested…and hereby declare that Senator Oyelaja Ibikunle Amosun, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”
Speaking shortly before the result of the election was announced, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in the state, Timothy Ibitoye denied allegation of result manipulation, describing it as unfounded.
The PDP campaign organisation had through a press release signed by its media officer, Ife Kayode, alleged conspiracy between the electoral commissioner, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Amosun to undermine the result of the election against the PDP.
Meanwhile, immediately the result was announced, party faithful besieged the Oke-Igbehin state house in celebration with the governor.
Governor Amosun later emerged from the building and led thousands of party faithful and sympathisers to major streets of Abeokuta, starting from Oke-Igbehin to Omida, Oke Sokorin, Ita Eko, popular Itoku market and many other streets in the town.
As at time of filling this report, the governor and the mammoth crowd were heading to Alake’s palace in Ake, from where he is expected to head for the INEC office in Magbon area of the town.

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