As a result of the European Union Support for Democratic Governance in Nigeria, CLEEN Foundation in partnership with Police Service Commission and Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI), a non-governmental organization based in Osun state monitored the Osun state governorship election that was held on the 22 September 2018.
CLEEN deployed over 90 domestic election observers across the 30 Local Government Areas in the state. The observers had the sole responsibility to monitor the conduct of security agencies deployed on election duty.
CLEEN observers report indicated adequate presence of law enforcement and security personnel at majority of polling units across the state. Also, the security agents were adjudged by domestic and international observers to have conducted themselves in a professional manner by maintaining law and order in their duty post.
However, there were reports of incidences of overzealousness exhibited by some security officials as well as reported cases of inaction on the part of security personnel to stop vote buying at some polling units.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke, polled 254,698 votes while the All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Oyetola, polled 254,345 votes. However, INEC declared the election inconclusive and conducted a run on September 27, 2018.
Odo Nnamdi, CLEEN Foundation