There are tons of list of wrong things about Osun 2018 Gubernatorial Election. Last gubernatorial election in Osun state,was characterized with mixed feelings. Many have even concluded that INEC (Independent national electoral commission) cannot be relied on so as to have a free and fair election in 2019 across various locations in Nigeria.
INEC have taken charge of the whole election process in Nigeria and based on the success they had in the 2015 election when led by Prof. Attahiru Jega, people have seen the electoral committee as a body that can be relied on but based on the last gubernatorial election that was conducted in Osun State, many have been left many doubts about INEC. Let us quickly examine 7 things that went wrong in the last Osun decides.
1Only One million plus voters register in a state of over four million population
Perharps, onr of the first wrong things about Osun 2018 Gubernatorial Election that one will notice is the record of registered voters in the state.Osun state have a population of about 4 million people and INEC recorded that only 1,682,495 registered in order to participate in the election. This is relatively not encouraging compared to the previous election processes that have been conducted in the State in which people really turned out to discharge their civic duties.
Also, any one would reasoned that by now, there is increase in the level of awareness of the electorate as to warrant large turnout as against low turnout recorded in the just concluded gubernatorial election.
2Only a fraction of registered voters collected their voter's card
As if the number of registered voters was not enough, one will quickly notice other wrong things about Osun 2018 Gubernatorial Election. One of these is the announcement of the eligible voters who have collected their voter's card which are just fraction of the reported registered voters.
This will sent chilling feelings through your spine when you consider the fact that 435,015 people out of those who registered did not collect their PVC (permanent voter’s card). Does this means only few people will determine the fate of the state of over 4 million population?
3Rumors of Vote Buying and Intimidation
One of the major wrong things about Osun 2018 Gubernatorial Election was the rumors of vote buying from almost all the political parties involved in the Osun 2018 gubernatorial election. In-fact, At a point, it was rumored that in the new places of election, votes were bought for a particular party while if you are against the party, you are sent back and not allowed to vote. Which political party actually did this? We wont probably know in the nearest future.
4Main election result of Osun 2018 gubernatorial election was cancelled
Perhaps one of the top wrong things about Osun 2018 Gubernatorial Election was the votes of the votes of affected polling booths. At the end of the main election, some polling booths results were cancelled because of the trust issues as regard the free and fairness of the electoral process in those areas.
But the thing that will cause you to raise your eyebrow was the basis of declaring that election inconclusive which raised eyebrow.
This particular action left many Nigerians astonished. After the election process of the day which made Adeleke of PDP leading, the election was declared inconclusive saying there was a need for election results in places where their results were cancelled. Among the question you would want to ask was why was can't INEC approach the cancellation result the same way it does during Gov. Oyinlola and Gov. Aregbesola both of Osun state? Who actually called the INEC resident electoral officer before the election was declared inconclusive? Could the call be the reason why the election was declared inconclusive?
5There were allegation of skirmishes from almost all the political parties involved in the election
The governorship race between the aspirant was a close one between the three leading contestant Oyetola of APC, Adeleke of PDP and Omisore of SDP. But one thing sound so obvious that placed the trust level of people in the whole election process to zero because of the poor security system.
They were reports of skirmishes, thuggery and unrest in some locations especially during the rerun election and till now, no one has investigated this reports even though they are attested to by the international and local observers respectively.