The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Osun State governorship election inconclusive.
The reason for the decision, according to the electoral body, is because the number of cancelled votes is higher than the margin between the two top candidates.
Peoples Democratic Party candidate Ademola Adeleke led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress.
The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where voting was cancelled.
Consequently, the Returning Officer for the election, Professor Joseph Afuape, declared the poll inconclusive.
“Unfortunately, as the Returning Officer, it is not possible to declare any party as the clear winner of this election at the first ballot,”
“The Independent National Electoral Commission will announce a date when another ballot will take place. I hereby declare the result inconclusive.”
A total of 48 candidates contested in Saturday’s governorship election, which is considered a crucial test for INEC as it is the last major poll before the 2019 general elections.
With the exception of the Social Democratic Party candidate Senator Iyiola Omisore, who secured 128,049 votes, no other candidate came close to the top two.
The local governments where a rerun will be held on Thursday are;
Orolu LGA- 2 Units
Ife South LGA- 1 Unit
Ife North LGA- 1 Unit
Osogbo LGA – 1 Unit