The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Dapo Abiodun, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the Ogun State Governorship election. Abiodun emerged victorious in the keenly contested election, beating his closest opponent, Ladi Adebutu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by a margin of 13,915 votes.
Abiodun, who was seeking to become the governor of Ogun State for the first time, scored a total of 276,298 votes, while Adebutu garnered 262,383 votes. The candidate of the Africa Democratic Party (ADP), Biyi Otegbeye, came third with 94,754 votes.
The election was characterized by a high level of tension, with allegations of vote buying and other forms of electoral malpractice reported in some areas. However, despite these challenges, the election was generally peaceful and was conducted in accordance with the guidelines set by INEC.
Abiodun’s victory has been hailed by supporters of the APC, who see it as a testament to the party’s popularity and the leadership qualities of its candidate. They believe that Abiodun’s victory will usher in a new era of development and progress for the people of Ogun State.
However, the PDP and other opposition parties have rejected the results of the election, alleging that it was marred by irregularities and electoral fraud. They have called for the cancellation of the election and a fresh one to be conducted.
The outcome of the Ogun State Governorship election has once again highlighted the importance of credible and transparent electoral processes in promoting democracy and good governance. It is hoped that the winners and losers in the election will accept the outcome in good faith and work together to move the state forward.
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