There was mild drama at Polling Unit 17, Ward 5, Adewale Street, Alekuwodo, Osogbo, when voters that came out to participate in the Osun State governorship rerun election refused to be discouraged by the heavy downpour.
After Saturday’s poll was declared inconclusive, Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party goes up against Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress in a runoff poll Thursday.
The election process started amid heavy downpour at about 8am, and while everybody initially ran for cover, voters already in the voting queue quickly returned when they noticed that others who refused to take cover had moved forward to replace them, Punch writes.
By the time the rain subsided, all the voters in the queue were already drenched, and the process continued at 9:30am when everyone (INEC staff, security, media men and others) had returned to their posts.
Earlier, some middle-aged men and an elderly woman who came with Permanent Voter Cards from another unit had attempted to cast their votes but were disallowed by vigilant security and party agents.
Oyetola began the day with a slight advantage after the APC secured the support of Iyiola Omisore, who wields great influence in the seven polling units to be contested.
Adeleke, however said he remained confident of victory, despite accusing INEC of colluding with the APC to deny him his mandate after Saturday’s poll.
Details to come…