Nigeria – Commission Rules Governor Election Inconclusive


The southwestern state of Osun in Nigeria this weekend voted to elect a new governor to represent the area.

A total of 48 candidates participated, with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) represented by Gboyega Oyetola and the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fielding Ademola Adeleke. APC Governor Rauf Aregbesola currently holds the seat.

A high turnout among the 1.2 million eligible voters was reported. However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ruled the vote as being inconclusive, necessitating a run-off between the two cancelled votes.

INEC representative in Osun Olusegun Agbaje explained that the measure was required because the difference between the two most popular candidates of 353 votes was less than the number of cancelled votes.  The run-off is scheduled for Thursday 27 September.

The poll comes less than six months before presidential and legislative elections scheduled for February and March 2019 in which incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to face stiff opposition from the PDP and allied parties.