The international community is taken aback by the outcome of Osun governorship polls as it portends real threat to free and fair polls in 2019, diplomatic sources have revealed in Abuja.
Feelers from the diplomatic community in Nigeria showed that many embassies actually expected the PDP candidate to be declared winner based on the results that were streamed live on the website of the electoral umpire.
Issues that shocked the diplomats most was the deduction of 1000 votes from PDP results from Ayedade local government, the jerking up of APC votes from 14000 to 16000 at Olorunda local government and the refusal to declare the PDP candidate the winner despite fulfilling constitutional stipulations.
A diplomatic source privy to the development said most UK, US and EU missions monitored the Osun election more closely than they did for Ekiti and that their reports to their home offices clearly indicted the electoral umpire.
It was gathered that the fear of most diplomatic missions is that impunity displayed in Osun may be a prelude to what to expect at the federal elections in 2019.
“The international community is worried. The guarantee President Muhammad Buhari had is been eroded. The Osun case tarnish the president’s reputation further. It is a diplomatic disaster.
“You should have noticed the BBC and VOA were the first to air the news of PDP Victory both on air and web. That is a signal that the world is watching closely. The presidency may be forced to intervene in favour of PDP”, the source said.