INEC has officially declared the candidate of PDP Senator Adeleke as the winner of the Gubernatorial elections held yesterday 16th June, 2022. I have attempted to summarise the entire voting event and its outcome(s) in these numbered takeaways

  1. BAT, the APC presidential candidate is purported to hail from Osun state and has always had special interest in Osun affairs. He installed Aregesola his commisioner for works while a governor of Lagos and the current governor. APC losing Osun elections is a massive blow to BAT’s aspirations. He has been rejected at the home front.
  2. The New Electoral ACT has brought efficiency, speed and transparency to our elections. From counting, collation and to announcement now happens in a few hours. We have now been saved the drama of Professors who can’t readout and tally their result sheets.
  3. Arising from the electoral improvements seen in Ekiti, there was an impressive turnout of voters. There is now a greater confidence by the voting public in our electoral process. Votes now count.
  4. This age bracket 18 to 49 constitute over 72% of the votes casted. The youths and the middle aged are no longer only on social media, they have become active participants. Ignore them at your own peril.
  5. An incumbent lost this election giving credence that without the active connivance of INEC staff and security agencies that there is nothing like the power of incumbency. The best candidate will always emerge in a fair contest.
  6. While the party is important, the party will not deliver you at the polls. Your reputation, personality and how you resonate with the people matters. Senator Adeleke and the family have endeared themselves to the grassroots where they are loved. Despite his perceived lack of intellectual capacity, Adeleke still won. Maybe the people of Osun love entertainers more.
  7. Vote Buying has become a worrying dimension in our politics. It was pervasive in Osun Elections. As hungry as the people of Osun might be, they raised the stakes, rejected money and voted their conscience. Osun is an indication that not everyone can be bought.
  8. In the last Osun elections of 2018, Non State actors imported from Lagos led by MC** played a key in thwarting the will of the peopl. Events of re-run of that year is still fresh in our memory. Yesterday they were totally powerless as they new electoral act has completely disarmed them. Politicians still raising, fuelling and arming armies and thugs should have a rethink.
  9. Going forward, there will be minimal post elections disputes and litigation. Our elections are now transparent. This is now bad market to election petitions specialist lawyers.
  10. Members of the Obedient movement has a lot of work to do in sensatizing the electorates about the labour Party and its logo especially to the rural and non-urban dwellers. Peter Obi may be better but this message has to be sold to all and sundry. Alot still believe that Peter Obi belongs to PDP. Go to work.
  11. With a peaceful and successful conclusion of the Ekiti and Osun elections, our sovereign risk profile will improve and investors confidence in our economy and market would brighten hoping that the general elections would follow the same trajectory.
  12. With the 99% successful implementation and adoption of BVAS, our elections are now data driven. Data mining and analysis along geographic and demographic lines are now much much feasible. Politicians can now infer from this easy to get data to know how to align their policy actions and campaign targeting.
  13. There is hope that the Nigeria of our dreams is possible. Don’t give up on Nigeria.

By osibanews

Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.

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