As Nigerians await the outcome of Saturday’s Osun State governorship election, reports from the field showed that three of the candidates are in early lead, with each winning their senatorial districts.
They are Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic (SDP).
While Oyetola is leading in Osun Central, Omisore and Adeleke are in comfortable lead in Osun East and Osun West districts respectively.
The election, which witnessed massive turn-out of voters, was however, marred with allegations of vote buying leveled against the leading political parties.
Two people, suspected to be PDP agents, were arrested in Iwo with huge cash found on them to lure voters, while another two suspects were arrested in Osogbo for same offence.
The culprits said they were given the cash by their ward chairman to give to their supporters.
Most stakeholders, especially party candidates, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security operatives for adequate preparations, peaceful, free and fair conduct of election in the state.
Senator Adeleke, Oyetola, Omisore, Alhaji Moshood Olalekan Adeoti of Action Democratic Party (ADP) and Alhaji Fatai Akinbade of African Democratic Congress (ADC) commended the peaceful conduct of election.
Also commending INEC were the Lagos State Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Tajudeen Balogun; former Minister of State for Police Jelili Adesiyan; former Minister for Youth Development, Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi; Osun State Commissioner for Finance, Bola Oyebamiji and his counterpart in Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Adekunle Jayeoba Alagbada and Hon. Ayo Omidiran.
Balogun, Lagos NSCDC boss, who said he was drafted to Osun to monitor the election, said he was impressed by the conduct of INEC, voters and security agencies.