Hoodlums were reported to have taken over Polling Unit One, Ward Eight in Orolu area of the state in spite of the presence of many security operatives.
Some accredited journalists and election observers were not allowed to cover the poll at some units.
And in his reaction to the Osun poll, Sanwo-Olu, in a message he appears to have personally shared on a Whatsapp group with members of his inner campaign caucus (Sanwo-Olu 4 Gov. Lagos), said his party won the Osun election in a crooked and unenviable manner. Sanwo-Olu at his governorship declaration (Image courtesy Twitter).
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a governorship aspirant of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, appears to have said that his party rigged to win the Osun governorship poll.
It was learned that the APC aspirant, who is barely 48 hours away from going head-to-head against the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for the party’s ticket, explicitly said his party won the election in a crooked and unenviable manner.
This may have landed him in trouble as Sanwo-Olu is purportedly being supported by the Mandate Group loyal to National Leader of the APC Bola Tinubu.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday morning declared Gboyega Oyetola the winner of the Osun election after two ballots.
Oyetola was declared winner after the collation of the results of the supplementary election in seven polling units at the head office of the commission in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.
INEC Returning Officer Prof. Joseph Fuwape said Oyetola polled 255,505 votes to defeat Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had 255,023 votes.
The PDP candidate was leading by a margin of 325 votes in the election which held on 22 September but INEC declared the exercise inconclusive, saying the requirements for a winner to be declared were not met.
After the supplementary poll, the electoral umpire announced that APC polled 1,160 votes in the rerun while PDP secured 325 votes, leaving a margin of 835.
But the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has since rejected the outcome of the poll, vowing to challenge it at the election tribunal.
The party accused the ruling APC of partnering INEC to rig the re-run election.
There were reports of violence at some polling units in the four local government areas where the election was held.
In the message sent at exactly 6.42pm on Thursday with his Airtel line, Sanwo-Olu said: “as much (as) I want our great party APC to win in Osun, am not happy with the way adopted to win. It shows we have no principle and no different from PDP…”
It was gathered that members on the platform were stunned by the APC aspirant’s comments and as such screen-grabbed the message.
Meanwhile, reliable sources have said that Sanwo-Olu’s verdict on his own party has sent jitters round the APC hierarchy especially his sponsors who think not only could this leaked message be picked up by the opposition PDP in Osun but has also exposed him.
It was also gathered that both Tinubu and his wife, Senator Oluremi, who is rumoured to have sold the Sanwo-Olu candidacy to the Mandate Group, are livid and disappointed at this scandalous revelation.