A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, [PDP], Femi Fani-Kayode, has responded to claims that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress [APC], Rauf Aregbesola, is coasting to victory in today’s governorship election in Osun state.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES via telephone, Mr. Fani-Kayode said the tallying of the votes was still going on and that it was therefore too early to award victory to any of the candidates. “As far as we are concerned, by our own collation, we are ahead,” the former minister said.
“We defeated them (APC) heavily in our strongholds and in their strongholds, the race has been very close. “All these claims that they have won is not true. It is disinformation and we advise that people wait for INEC to announce the authentic result. “I can tell you that it is not over.”
Analysts have however pointed at early results from polling booths as indicating a lead for the APC. While the PDP candidate, Iyiola Omisore, performed well in parts of his Ife stronghold, the APC candidate appears to be leading in most parts of the state.
Results will however first be collated at the local government level before they are forwarded to INEC’s headquarters in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, for final collation. The Chief Returning Officer for the election is expected to announce final result by Sunday morning.