The opposition Peoples Democratic Party has been declared the winner of the governorship election in the Ila Local Government Area of Osun State, the home of the pioneer national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bisi Akande.
The result of the LGA seen by SaharaReporters showed that PDP secured 13,026 votes while the APC polled 9,562 votes.
Ademola Adeleke is the PDP candidate while Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the APC is seeking a reelection.
Akande was deputy governor of Oyo State between 1979 and 1983 when Bola Ige was governor (Osun State was formerly part of Oyo State).
In 1999, he was elected governor of Osun State.
The 2022 Osun governorship election, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is taking place in all the 30 local government areas of the state with 3,763 polling units and 332 registration areas.
The 15 political parties’ candidates participating in the election include: Mr Oyegoke Omigbodun, Social Democratic Party (SDP); Dr Akin Ogunbiyi (Accord); Mr Yusuf Lasun (Labour Party); Munirudeen Atanda (Action Democratic Party).
More voters are expected to participate in the election than the 2018 poll when 767,444 electorates out of the 1,668,524 registered voters exercised their franchise.
In 2018, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Oyetola as winner, having polled 255,505 votes against Adeleke, who had 255,023 votes at the end of a supplementary election, which held in seven polling units across four local governments amidst allegations of harassment and other forms of malpractice.
There are a total of 1,955,657 registered voters in the election which held across 3,763 polling units.