Osun Decides: 5 probable factors responsible for APC’s unimpressive performance

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 254,698 votes while the APC had 254,345, leaving a gap of 353 votes. In the afternoon of Sunday, September 23, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the Osun gubernatorial election as inconclusive. Joseph Afuwape, the returning officer, announced this at the head office of the commission in Osogbo, the state capital. He said the margin between Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the PDP, and Isiaka Oyetola, the candidate of the APC, was not significant enough to declare a winner. Osun Decides: 5 probable reasons responsible for APC’s unimpressive performance The candidates of the APC, Gboyega Oyetola, casting his vote on Saturday, September 22. Source: Original READ ALSO: Analysis: Which party has better chance of winning Osun re-run election between APC and PDP? Many people felt it was an unimpressive show for the APC which is the ruling party to fail to get a clear winning in the election. What could have been responsible for this unimpressive performance? NAIJ.com highlights five probable reasons. 1. Non-payment of workers’ salary Top on the list of the reasons that could have jeopardised the APC’s chances was the non-payment of workers’ salary. Governor Rauf Aregbesola started ‘modulated’ salary payment (half salary payment) in June 2015 when the state faced an economic crisis. This year’s June salary payment marked the third anniversary of half salary payments in the state. Prior to this time, only workers below level 7 received full salary payment. Workers between level 8 and 12 had been receiving 75% of their salaries while the state’s staff on grade level 13 and above had been receiving 50% of their salaries in line with the structure. 2. Intra-party conflicts Another major factor that is likely responsible for the poor performance was the crisis that rocked the party during the governorship primary. Sadly, the party failed to reconcile the crisis and many of the aggrieved party members left for another party. 3. The PDP candidate The PDP probably chose Senator Ademola Adeleke as its candidate because of the wide popularity he enjoys among the residents of Osun and the political goodwill of the Adeleke family in the state. This, in the end, played out well for the opposition party. PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 news app 4. Lautech factor No tactical politician will ever underrate the impact of the youths in an electoral process because they constitute a larger percentage of the electorate. Governor Aregbesola’s handling of the financial crisis rocking Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), a university jointly owned by Osun and Oyo states, angered many of the youths in the state. The financial crisis has paralysed the university’s academic structure, leaving many students at home due to incessant strikes. 5. Divided votes This factor is the consequence of the crisis that hit the ruling party during the primary election which eventually led to the defection of some party faithfuls. For instance, one of the influential members of the party and former secretary to the state government, Moshood Adeoti, defected to the Action Democratic Party (ADP), alongside his supporters. Adeoti who was an aspirant for the APC’s primary ticket for the September 22 gubernatorial election withdrew from the primary election, alleging that the party was manipulating the process in favour of Gboyega Oyetola, who eventually won the primary. Adeoti eventually emerged the gubernatorial candidates of the ADP, the party which came fourth in the gubernatorial election with 49,726 votes. If Adeoti had stayed back in the APC and delivered the votes to the ruling party, obviously there will not be any need for a re-run. I have evidence that they added to APC’s votes|
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