Vote counting has begun in the ongoing gubernatorial election in Osun State.
Official quarter results showed the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party are in a tight race.
Although 15 political parties contested the election, the main contenders are APC candidate Governor Gboyega Oyetola and PDP candidate Ademola Adeleke.
This is the second time the two candidates have met.
Oyetola and Adeleke competed for the governorship of Osun in 2018, which Oyetola won after a replay.
After the re-election which was held in seven units, Oyetola won seven, while Adeleke won one.
At the end of the replay, Oyetola garnered 255,505 votes while the PDP candidate received a total of 255,023 votes.
Although Adeleke led Oyetola with 353 votes at the end of the first round of voting, but after the replay Oyetola won with 482 votes.
Some of the ward results are from Osogbo, Boripe, Ayedire, Ifedayo, Irewole, Ede, Olorunda and Ife.
The punch reported that 15 political parties are participating in the election, while 1,955,657 registered voters will decide the fate of the candidates.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had also said the election would be held in 332 registration areas across the state’s 30 local government areas.
I will win -Oyetola
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola expressed confidence that he would win the gubernatorial election after casting his ballot at Unit 2, Ward 1, LA Elementary School, Popo, Iragbiji in Boripe Local Government Area.
Oyetola, who arrived at the polling station accompanied by his wife, Kafayat, voted at 10:55 a.m. sharp, three minutes after his wife cast her vote.
The governor said he was pleased with voter turnout, especially at his polling station.
He said the electoral process was transparent, adding that this encouraged voters to turn out to vote en masse.
His polling unit had 1,457 registered voters.
I will be the next governor of Osun – Adeleke
Adeleke also expressed his confidence in becoming the next governor of Osun State.
The DPP government candidate cast his ballot at 8:50 a.m. at Voting Unit 9 of Ward 2 in Ede North Local Government Area of Osun.
Adeleke praised INEC for making the accreditation processes and voting smooth and easy.
He also commended the security personnel for their commitment to ensuring the safety of life and property during the ongoing gubernatorial election.
Ede North has a total registered voters of 71,750 for the gubernatorial election, with 151 polling stations and 11 registration areas.
Additionally, Ede South has 54,880 registered voters, with 89 polling stations and 10 registration areas.