Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party’s nominee for governor, defeated incumbent governor Gboyega Oyetola in the important precinct that includes the state capital, Osogbo Local Government Area.
Out of the 54,997 votes cast in the Osogbo LGA, Mr. Adeleke received 30,401 votes, while Mr. Oyetola received 22,952 votes for the governing All Progressives Congress.
In Osogbo LGA, 55,942 votes were cast in total during the election on Saturday. 945 ballots had been disqualified.
In a landslide, Mr. Adeleke had triumphed in his voting location. Early in the day, the results for Polling Unit 09, Ward 02, Abogunde, Ede North LGA were announced; 218 votes went to the PDP and just 23 to the APC. Mr Oyetola also cleared his polling unit in Iragbiji, Boripe LGA, shellacking Mr Adeleke there.
Both parties had alleged voter inducements at the polls, with security agencies, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, clamping down on party agents over voter inducement.
Election monitoring group YIAGA Africa had reported earlier that in some polling units, agents of the PDP and APC were seen inducing voters with cash ranging from N2,000 to N5,000.
In PU 009, Akinlalu Commercial Grammar School, Ward 01 in Ife North, Yiaga observed that party agents placed themselves by the voting cubicle to watch how voters marked their ballots. While in PU 003, opposite Olomu Mosque in Osogbo, PDP agents were seen handing out between N2,000 and N5,000 to induce voters.
Early results from Ede, Osogbo and other parts of the state show Mr Adeleke leading, although most results are still being expected.