The All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost control of one of its states, a scenario that could benefit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the run-up to the 2023 elections.
Osun State’s governorship has been awarded to Senator Ademola Adeleke, the PDP candidate in the just-concluded election.
Adeleke, who received a total of 403,371 votes in Saturday’s election, was proclaimed the winner early Sunday morning at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Osogbo.
The incoming governor lost the 2018 election to incumbent Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, but returned four years later to unseat his opponent, who received 375, 027 votes.
Even almost fifteen political parties participated, it was a two-horse contest between the PDP and the APC.
As the final off-cycle election before the general election in 2023, the Osun election provided an opportunity for major parties to gauge their strength in advance of next year.
Having gained Oyo in the 2019 elections, the PDP now governs an additional South West state.