12th February, 2012
Mr. Afeez Jimoh Adelowo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has defeated Mr. Lanre Agoro of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) with a margin of 1069 votes in the rerun election held yesterday in Irepo/Oorelope/Olorunsogo Federal Constituency.
Announcing the result late yesterday, the INEC returning officer, Professor Jelili Akinade Akinlabi said that in totality, PDP has 15,989 votes while ACN has 14920 votes declaring Mr. Adelowo as the winner of the election.
With the conclusion of the election, Mr. Adelowo who was sacked by the election tribunal sitting in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State would return back to his seat at the House of Representatives, Abuja.
Adelowo had won the seat in the 2011 National Assembly election. His victory nullified by the election tribunal as a result of a petition filed by Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) candidate, Yinusa Ayandoye asking for the rerun election in the constituency due to the omission of his name in the ballot paper by INEC.
The court granted the prayer resulting in a rerun election of January 28 2012 won by Adelowo but eventually declared inconclusive by INEC due to irregularities recorded in seven polling units. As a result, supplementary elections were held in the seven units yesterday and Adelowo came out victorious.
However, the ACN in Oyo State has rejected the result of the re-run election saying that PDP used its federal might to harass and intimidate voters through the deployment of soldiers and mobile policemen.
The party, in a statement issued today by its state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Dauda Kolawole said,
“We wish to state unequivocally that we reject the result of the re-run election in its entirety. The election was marred by low turn-out as a result of fear which had been created in the minds of the electorate. All over the places where the elections were held, there were visible presence of soldiers and gun-wielding mobile policemen, a situation which forced most of the voters to stay indoor for fear of being molested by the security operatives. Even the very few voters who managed to come out were not allowed to vote for the candidate of their choice, while the results were manipulated in favour of the PDP candidate”.
The party wondered why the PDP saw the election as a do-or-die affair and had to deploy all the weapons in its arsenal to fight the election as if it was going to war.
“With the outcome of the election, our party has no choice than to approach the tribunal to seek redress” it said.
ACN appealed to the people of the state, particularly those within the federal constituency where the election was held, to remain calm and support it in its resolve to reclaim the stolen mandate from the PDP.