By Ola Ajayi
AMIDST complaints of large scale electoral malpractices and violence, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the re-run elections into the House of Representatives and Oyo State House of Assembly, Mrs. Folake Olunloyo-Oshinowo and Mr. Jelili Adeleke winners of the elections respectively.
The election of Olunloyo-Oshinowo was nullified by the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, following the appeal filed by the candidate of the Action Congress (AC), Dr. Idayat Adebusuyi, that the 2007 election was fraught with irregularities and non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2006.
She is representing the Ibadan South West/North West federal constituency while Adeleke represents Akinyele 1 State constituency.
During the conduct of the election the candidates of the AC and the State Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party(ANPP), Mr. Folorunso Rasaq had declared the election unacceptable, alleging that thugs believed to be members of the PDP were moving round the polling booths unleashing terror on their perceived opponents and stuffing ballot boxes with votes.
Despite the complaints, the electoral body declared that the candidate of the PDP polled 30, 637 votes to beat her AC counterpart who recorded 8,320.
According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Martins Okunfolami, Olunloyo-Oshinowo, by virtue of the election is resuming her seat at the House of Representatives.
In the House of Assembly election, Adeleke was reported to have scored 6, 689 votes against ACâ€™s Lamidi Nurudeeen Adeyemi who polled 983 votes.
Areas that did not witness peaceful election on Saturday included Agbokojo, Ojaâ€™ba, Isale Ijebu and Orita Merin areas of the city.
Vanguard gathered that government officials and some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers led thugs to the polling booths and drove away voters waiting to cast their votes.