By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
…Hussein ‘crashes’ in Ejigbo
…as police arrest suspected political thugs
The Osun West Senatorial District Bye Election was on Saturday held under a peaceful atmosphere with thetimely arrival of voting materials.
Voters across the West Senatorial District all trooped out as early as 8 am to cast their votes.
The bye-election was occasioned by the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who passed on in April this year.
Early results coming in showed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the election, Dr. Ademola Adeleke, winning convincingly in all units and wards across Ede North and Ede South local governments.
However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Mudashiru Hussein, though won majority of the polling units in Ejigbo, his hometown, the PDP, however, posted a strong showing, winning in many parts of the local government.
At Ward 3, Unit 1, Beulah Baptist School Ejigbo, where the APC candidate Senator Mudashir Hussein voted, APC polled 152 votes, while PDP garnered148. At Otunba Ademola Adeleke’s Ward, Alajue 1, Ward 4, Unit 10, APC got 6 votes, while PDP secured 155 votes.
Dispite early morning drizzling, many voters were seen in their large numbers already on the queue to vote, while a few voters had already voted by 8:15am, when WESTERN POST’s Crrespondent visited the town.
In was observed across polling units visited in Aisu and Sekona both in Ede South Local Government area, Saint Peter’s Ward 2, Unit 1, Saint Paul’s, Otun Olufi Ward 4, Unit 4 and 5, all in Gbongan, Ayedaade Local Government, Ogbaagba High School, Ogbaagba, OlaOluwa Local Government and Baptist Day School, Awo, Egbedore Local Government, the election was generally held under peaceful atmosphere.
Meanwhile, three suspected political thugs were arrested by the Osun State Police Command for attempting to disrupt the poll at Igbokiti Unit, Ward 10, Okinni, Egbedore Local Government.
The men carrying cutlasses were said to have invaded the polling unit with dangerous weapons and attacked voters and adhoc electoral officers.
During the melee that ensued, people waiting to votes were inflicted with matchet cuts, leading to the distruption of voting.
Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, while confirming the arrest, said: “It is true we arrested three suspected thugs in Egbedore and their case is currently under investigation.
“With our vigilance and commitment to ensure peaceful conduct of the exercise, we are very happy that there is peace and there is no significant case and we will sustain the peace and effective security till the end and even after the entire electoral process.”