Osun
The arrested electoral officer with the torn result sheet.

An electoral officer in the Osun governorship election, Salau Mutiu Kolawole, who allegedly conspired with a senior official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to tear the result sheet of the disputed Ayeedade Local Government Area has been arrested by the police.

In the result of yesterday’s Osun State governorship election announced by INEC, the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 10,861 votes in Ayedaade while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recorded 9,836. However, a result sheet circulating online has 10,836 votes — 1,000 more — against PDP’s

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The PDP agent at the INEC collation centre in Osogbo made the complaint, with leading PDP officials outside Osun State making the point as well.

The race between PDP’s Ademola Adeleke and APC’s isiaka Oyetola remains one of the closest electoral tussles in Nigeria’s history and the disputed 1,000 could prove very decisive at the end.