September 25, 2022


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Free Akara at Aregbesola’s home, minister still expected

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has yet to arrive at his polling unit hours after voting has commenced in the Osun State Governorship election.

Residents also said they have yet to sight Aregbesola, whom they said usually arrived in his hometown on election eve.

While the voters expect Aregbesola, akara (beans cake) is being shared at the entrance of his home.

The former Osun State governor usually votes in Ilesa East, Ward 8, Polling Unit 1.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, 15 political parties are participating in the election with 1,955,657 registered voters.

INEC also said the election would take place in 332 registration areas across the 30 Local Government Areas of the state.

Though 15 political parties would be participating in the election, the top contenders are the candidate of All Progressives Congress, Governor Gboyega Oyetola and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke.

This would be the second time the two candidates would be meeting.

Both Oyetola and Adeleke contested for the Osun governorship seat in 2018, which Oyetola won after a rerun.

After the rerun election which took place in seven units, Oyetola won seven, while Adeleke won one.

At the end of the rerun, Oyetola polled 255,505 votes while the PDP candidate scored a total of 255,023 votes.

Although Adeleke had led Oyetola with 353 votes at the end of the first round of ballots, but after the rerun, Oyetola won with 482 votes.

Aregbesola and Oyetola were at loggerheads before the election.

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On Friday, The Osun Progressives, a faction loyal to Aregbesola, clarfied that its members remain part of the APC.