The Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Mr Seyi Makinde, has emerged winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Oyo state.
The INEC Returning Officer in the state Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, declared the result on Sunday evening at the State headquarters of INEC in Ibadan.
Ogundipe, said that Makinde scored 515,621 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress who garnered 357,982 votes.
The Returning Officer, who is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, disclosed that there were 2,934,107 registered voters in the state with 940,211 voters accredited for the election.
“The governorship election recorded 916,860 valid votes, 20,685 rejected votes and 937,545 total votes cast.
“PDP candidate won in 28 of the 33 local government areas of the state while Adelabu of APC won in five local government areas,” he said.
But the APC cried foul ahead of INEC’s declaration of Makinde as governor-elect, saying the PDP candidate jumped the gun by celebrating before he was declared governor-elect.
APC fired a petition against Makinde to the state INEC headquarters.
The party accused Makinde of what it described as a “breach of electoral laws”, demanding his arrest and prosecution.
Makinde was accused of releasing a video in early yesterday in which the PDP candidate “pointedly proclaimed himself winner of the governorship election in Oyo State when INEC, the authorised umpire has not concluded same nor declared any such results”.
The petition signed by the APC state secretary, Mr Mojeed Olaoya, alleged that Makinde by the action is clearly inciting the citizenry against an eventual credible outcome of the elections.