By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
It was jubilation galore for the people of Osun state, southwest, Nigeria on Sunday, 10th August, 2014 as they thronged all the nooks and crannies of the state celebrating the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in Saturday’s gubernatorial election in the state.
Multitude of people, both young and old, armed with brooms, the symbol of the party besieged major roads in Osogbo, the state capital with pageantry, singing and dancing as they expressed their excitement shortly after Aregbesola was declared winner of the election by State Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof. Bamitale Omole.
Aregbesola’s victory was also well celebrated in major towns in the state including Ejigbo, Ede, Iwo, Ikire, Ila as well as Ilesa, his home town, it was reliably gathered by thegazellenews.com.
Professor Omole announced the result of the election early Sunday, 10th August, 2014 at the state office of INEC in Osogbo amid jubilation by APC party agents present.
According to the Returning Officer of INEC for the election, finale result showed that Aregbesola scored a total of 394,684 to defeat his main contender, candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore who scored 292,747 votes.
Speaking with our correspondent on the outcome of the election, Secretary of PDP in Osun State, Prince Bola Ajao said PDP leaders and its candidate would meet to determine the next line of action.
Also, the Director of Publicity for Senator Omisore Campaign Organization, Prince Diran Odeyemi in his own reaction to the defeat suffered by his party said PDP would not be deterred because of the development.
“What we lost is the Osun state gubernatorial election, we did not lose lives. We thank you Lord. In all situations, I will continue to give glory to your Holy name. He knows best. Thank you Lord. I am still reflecting with no plan at all to defect.
“Falling down is not new in politics, rising up is the strength of a good leader. We shall bounce back. Congratulations to the people of Osun state, we all won. Odeyemi added.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Sunday Akere said the victory of Aregbesola was well deserved and that it reflected the will and wish of the people of the state.
He said, “Despite the money they disbursed, all the inducement they used to entice the voters, the shameless PDP could not go far because Governor Aregbesola is well loved by the people of this state.”