Osun rerun election not free, fair or credible — CDD

An election monitoring group, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), has faulted the ongoing rerun election in Osun State as anti-democratic.

The CDD noted that the number of the incidents recorded during the poll have undermined the sanctity of the vote and the overall credibility of the electoral process.

“we hold strongly the view that the re-run poll of Thursday, September 27, 2018, does not meet up with the minimum standards for free, fair and credible elections,” the CDD said in a statement.

“It falls short of global best practices in democratic elections which Nigeria aspires towards,” it added.

Although, voting has closed at about 2:00 p.m across the seven polling units for the rerun, the official collation of results is yet to start in Osogbo as at the time of filing this report.

The rerun election is being held at seven polling units, three polling units in Orolu, two polling units in Ife South, one polling unit in Ife North local governments and one polling unit in Osogbo, the state capital where votes were cancelled during the Saturday 22nd September governorship election in the state.

On Saturday, Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, polled 254,698 votes to beat Gboyega Oyetola, the All Progressives Congress, who trailed him with 254,345 votes.

INEC, however, declared the election inconclusive because the margin between the PDP and APC, 353 votes, is less than the number of registered voters, 3,498, in the seven polling units where elections were cancelled.

The director of the monitoring group, Idayat Hassan, said her organisation observed widespread misconduct by security agencies, including intimidation of accredited journalists, observers and even voters of the opposition party.

“CDD field observers deployed to observe the process and ensure its credibility, especially in Orolu and Osogbo LGAs, were intimidated, threatened and in some cases arrested by security forces,” CDD said.

Earlier today, The Guardian reported as INEC expressed concern over reports that some observers and journalists were being arrested and prevented from operating in some polling units in the exercise.

The commission said this in a tweet, adding, however, that the issue was being taken up with the security agencies.

The CDD observers reported “palpable tension in Ifon, Orolu LGAs due to the high-handed conduct of the security agents who seemed bent to sway the vote the way of certain partisan interests.”

“At Ajegunle Roundabout, which leads to Polling Unit 003 Ward 9 Gbogbo Primary School in Orolu LGA, security personnel mounted barricades to obstruct observer and deny them access to the polling unit.

“Observers who attempted to carry out their legitimate duties were arrested and taken to nearby police station. They were only released after being denied the opportunity to keep an eye on the process so as to guarantee its credibility,” the statement said.

CDD said, “In the face of the intimidation and unjust arrests, observers were forced to leave the Polling Units.”

The think-tank also confirmed widespread reports that potential voters of the opposition were being driven away from polling areas by security agencies.

“CDD also observed attempts by members of the security forces to prevent some voters who allegedly belong to opposition party from accessing PU012 Olode Ward 07 in Ife-South LG, even after showing their PVCs.

“Also, despite all efforts by INEC and civic group to ensure violence-free polls, some political actors mobilised thugs and hoodlums to intimidate voters, journalists and observers.

“Chang Mantu, a senior police officer involved in the coordination of security in the Osun election, explained in Osogbo that there was an attempt by some party men disguising as observers to gain access to Orolu in the early hours of Thursday. He said they were arrested by the police.

“According to him, they loaded in a bus and when they were screened, they were found to be members of a political party. He explained the development was the reason why there were restrictions into the area as it was difficult for security officials to know those who were genuine observers and journalists.

“Our observer also reported that election was disrupted in PU 17, Ward 5 Osogbo LGA as a result of sporadic shooting by some hoodlums. In terms of the sanctity of the vote, CDD observers reported over five attempts by impostors to vote with PVCs from other Wards at PU012 Olode Ward 07 in Ife-South LGA.

“Although these attempts were unsuccessful, they nonetheless reflect the kind of impunity, which undermines the credibility of the process,” it said.

“Coming as the last off-cycle election before the 2019 general election, the conduct of the security forces, politicians and their supporters are sources of concern to strengthening our democratic process.

The group thereby “recommend an urgent investigation of the roles and conduct of the security forces and political thugs in the Osun re-run with a view to sanctioning infractions”.

Source: GuardianNG


Breaking: APC leading with these ten polling units results

After several hours of voting, here are the first five result gotten by Triotinaija.

Ward 04 (Faji/Opete), Odo Otin LGA, unit 5

APC 125
PDP 33
SDP 07

Unit 11 Ward 11, Olorunda LG

PDP – 18
APC – 24
ADC – 0
ADP – 0
SDP – 3

Irepodun ward 5 unit 7

Apc 32
Adp 28
Pdp 21
Sdp 16

Osogbo ward 6 unit 4
APC 50
Sdp 40
Pdp 30
Adc 1
Adp 6

Ilesa Oscoed vote, unit 02
Apc -46
Pdp 43
Sdp -21

Elerin Ward 9 Unit 10
APC 33
SDP 23
PDP 21

Elerin ward 9, unit 2
APC 42
SDP 19
PDP 21

Iperin eyindi word 6
My unit PDP 29
APC 47
SDP 22

Ejigbo LGA.
Ward 9
Unit 4
APC: 81
PDP: 62
SDP: 12
ADC: 2
ADP: 2

Unit 004 Ward 001 Oke Omi Otan Ayegbaju


Osun Election: INEC to hand over uncollected PVCs to APC, use fake NYSC members – CNPP

Ahead of the September, 22 governorship election in Osun State, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), in Osun State on Tuesday raised the alarm of a purported plot by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allegedly hand over the over 400,000 uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Also, the conference added that information presented at its disposal has revealed that there are plans by the commission to engage the services of fake members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) for the Osun governorship polls.

CNPP raised the alarm in a Press Release issued by the conference on the alleged plans by the electoral commission to thwart the will of the people in the Osun State governorship election on September 22 this month.

According to CNPP, it has uncovered an alleged fresh clandestine plot by INEC to ensure that all the uncollected PVCs in Osun State were made available for the APC and their Lagos cronies already in some parts of the state to vote during the governorship election.

“We are using this medium to alert the public, especially the good people of Osun State to an alleged plot by the ruling APC and the INEC to perpetrate undemocratic act by planning to hand over the over 400,000 unclaimed Permanent Voters Cards to Osun APC and its Lagos allies with the intention to distribute the said Voters Cards to their ‘agents from Lagos to vote’ in various polling units across Osun State, it said.

CNPP emphasized that the alleged plot by the INEC is capable of frustrating all efforts by the people of Osun state and the stakeholders towards having a free, fair, credible and violent free election in the state come September, 22.

“It is unfortunate that as all hands are on deck towards having a free, fair, credible, violent free and generally acceptable governorship election in our dear Osun State on September, 22, this year, which is now a few days away the umpire body could be thinking of an alleged move to thwart the expectations of the people of Osun State in having a successful poll. We are hereby tasking all the people of Osun and the concerned stakeholders to call on the INEC to stay away from any act capable of having negative effect on the election.”

On the alleged plans to engage the services of fake NYSC members as polling officers, CNPP cautioned INEC and those planning such evil to have a rethink as the people of Osun State would stand against any act of electoral fraud and malpractice before, during and after the September, 22 governorship election in and across Osun State.

In view of the alleged plans, we are urging the security agencies and the good people of Osun state to be vigilant and nip in the bud the alleged plot by the INEC and the APC at diverting the over 400,000 uncollected PVCs for an unholy and undemocratic means.

Kolawole Agunbiade
Conference of Nigeria Political Parties,
(CNPP) , Osun State.


I am the most popular Osun governorship candidate – Omisore

A former deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, believes his popularity will earn him a big success in the September 22 governorship election in the state.

Most Popular osun governorship Candidate – Omisore

The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

“I am the most popular candidate in Osun State now,” he said. “The issue is that Osun politics is Omisore and others.”

“Like I said, you don’t just do a bedroom analysis or beer parlour analysis; let us wait and see the result of the election,” he added.

Omisore was deputy governor of Osun State between 1999 and 2003, after which he served as a senator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He later contested the governorship election in 2014 but lost to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The former deputy governor who left the opposition party for SDP in May this year has been criticised by PDP members in the state for his defection.

He faulted the claims that he defected because he knew he would not get the party’s ticket, saying the effect of his departure was evident on the PDP in the state.

Senator Omisore said, “Since I left the PDP, PDP in Osun State has been dead. The point is that Omisore was PDP in Osun State and the PDP was Omisore.”

“The point I left was the fact that I foresaw lack of internal democracy,” he claimed. “Our convention was held, party officers were chosen; the National Working Committee (NWC) now cancelled all convention decisions against the Supreme Court judgement.”

Responding to those questioning his credibility to contest in the coming poll, the SDP candidate asked his critics not to be in a haste and wait for the outcomes of the election.

He also played down the claims that he was desperate to become a governor, stressing that the electorate would decide who they want to succeed Governor Aregbesola.

“The people determine their leader, the people determine who is popular, the people determine who is credible,” said Omisore.

“I’m not desperate, if not I won’t go to any party. The people of Osun State have an interest in Omisore, not any party.”