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Just in: There were alleged harassment, interference by inappropriate persons - Foreign observers issue report over Osun election

Just in: There were alleged harassment, interference by inappropriate persons - Foreign observers issue report over Osun election

Osun rerun: Foreign observers issue initial report over Osun election

The election observation teams of the United States (US), the European Union (EU) and United Kingdom, late Thursday, September 27, gave their initial observation on the conduct of the rerun governorship election in Osun state.

Speaking in Osogbo in an interview by the TVC television station, a member of the observer team, who spoke on behalf of the others, said there were reports of irregularities, harassment and interference by inappropriate persons in the elections.

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“We are very concerned by these reports and will be checking with stakeholders to check the facts. We call on all stakeholders to remain calm,” he said.

Premium Times also reports that the Centre for Democracy and Development, one of the foremost observer groups in Nigeria, faulted the rerun election process.

“In the light of these anti-democratic acts, which have undermined the sanctity of the ballot therefore, we hold strongly the view that the re-run poll of Thursday, September 27, 2018, does not meet up with the minimum standards for free, fair and credible elections," the observer group said.

We reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the evening of Thursday, September 27, officially declared Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Osun governorship election.

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The full result was finally declared after a supplementary election in four local government areas of the state where the exercise had been cancelled but later declared to be re-run.

The result was declared following a keenly contested election between him and Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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