The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, is leading in seven of the eight local governments declared so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Results are being awaited in 12 other LGAs, forcing the Commission to adjourn for 30 minutes.
Abiodun is leading Allied People’s Movement (APM) candidate, Abdulkadir Akinlade backed by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
He leads in Ijebu East, Ijebu Ode, Odogbolu, Odeda, Ijebu North, Sagamu, Abeokuta South local governments leaving Akinlade to lead only in Ewekoro.
Below are the official figures from INEC in the local government areas:
Ijebu – Ode LGA
ADC – 349
APC – 13,234
PDP – 7,289
Collation Officer Adewale Salau, FUNAAB
PDD – 3,418
Collation Officer, Rasheed Adejoro, Federal College of Education, Osiele
APM – 6,454
Collation Officer Sunday Akinyele,
Federal College of Education Osiele.
Ijebu North East
ADC – 541
APC – 7,268
Collation Officer, Dr. Ayotunde Adebambo (FUNAAB)
ADC – 4,241
PDP – 1,418
Dr. Olubode Olufemi(FUNAAB)
PDP – 4,415
Collation Officer Adeoti AbdulRateef (FUNAAB)
Abeokuta South LGA
ADC – 13,572
APC – 19,414
APM – 18,767
PDP – 1,770
Collation Officer Sikiru Olowole(FUNAAB)
Ijebu East LGA
ADC – 574
APC – 10,726
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Abdul-Ganiu Raji, said the election was “overwhelmingly peaceful,” adding that contrary to expectations, there were no issues until around 2pm and 3pm on Saturday when sorting and collation of results started.
He alleged there were cases in two areas of the state where officers on the field were held hostage.
He warned that if things continued to go the way they are today, apparently referring to the risk associated with the Commission’s job, there may not be anybody willing to work for INEC in the future.
“The way things are, we may not get people to work for or work in or work at INEC because of the way people see death staring them in the face but only managed to escape.
“The danger is not the fault of the Commission but that of others including the electorate,” Raji said.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner reminded all stakeholders, particularly candidates and party polling agents the collation centre is not “results cancellation and nullification” point.
He explained issues arising from any results should emanate from the polling units and resolved there or at the LGA collation point.
He urged whoever that has any issue with results being released at the state Collation Centre to approach the court or the election petition tribunal for redress, saying it was the “dignified” thing to do instead of deploying rough tactics.