Official senatorial results for four of the nine local governments in Oyo South Senatorial District have been announced. The senatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Abiola Ajimobi, lost in all four.
Concise News reports that Ajimobi, the outgoing governor of Oyo State, seeks to return to the Senate to occupy a seat he held before becoming governor.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in all four local governments announced so far.
Kola Balogun is the party’s flagbearer.
In Ibadan Northwest local government, APC had 8,916 votes, while PDP scored 12,144 votes.
In Ibarapa North and Ibarapa East local governments, APC’s respective votes were 5,837 and 6,951. Both were inferior to PDP’s 8,083 and 9,982.
Also, in the Ibadan North local government result, APC scooped 17,946 votes. It was, however, edged by PDP’s 18,690 votes.
However, in Ibadan North, according to the Returning Officer of the senatorial district, Wole Akinsola, results of three polling units are missing. They are PU 001 in Ward 008 and Agbowo Ward (Ward 012) in PU 025. Concise News later gathered that security operatives are interrogating the officials involved.
The other polling unit is Unit 019 on Taiwo street in Sango area of Ibadan. The presiding officer of the PU was said to have absconded.
Collation of results from other local governments was still ongoing at the time of publishing this report.
PDP warns INEC over alleged plans to manipulate results in favour of Ajimobi
In related development, the PDP in Oyo State has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against succumbing to pressure to influence results of the election in favour of the Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
The caution comes amid fears the election results in Oyo South senatorial district may be tampered with.
PDP in a statement in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, by Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, its chairman says it recorded great success going by the results so far announced.
The PDP says it was aware of plans to influence results from Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s Ibadan South West local government area to augment the PDP’s deficit.
The PDP states, “We are calling on INEC to be steadfast and not allow its men to be compromised by Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the All Progressives Congress-led federal government especially in Oyo South senatorial district.
“With the results at our disposal and verifiable by all INEC standards, our party is comfortably leading the All Progressives Congress, APC, the candidate in Oyo South. This is apart from the fact that we have recorded victories in four out of the five federal constituencies in Oyo South- Ibarapa East/Ido; Ibadan North East/ South East; Ibarapa Central/North and Ibadan North West federal constituencies. We are only waiting for the official declaration by INEC.
“Since morning, we wouldn’t know why the results declarations have been delayed when they are ready. We have it on good authority that Governor Abiola Ajimobi is mounting pressure on some Abuja forces to save him from defeat. But any attempt to subvert the wish of the majority of the people of Oyo South will be anti-democratic. We will like to, at this juncture, encourage the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barr Mutiu Agboke, not to be intimidated by the pressure. He should call his men, especially the Returning Officers to declare the original results from each of the local government.
“As we write, security agents have sent away supporters of our party from the collation centre while known members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are allowed access within the premises. This is after the declaration of results from each of the remaining 7 local government areas have been stopped, without any tangible reasons.
“While we are confident of victory, we wish to appeal to our teeming members and thousands of people who defied all odds and rejected the APC’s vote-buying techniques to be calm. We believe that our candidate has won and nothing can change it. It is not about the amount of government money that you own, but what you’re able to do for the common man that matters”.