Against all expectations, the underdog political party, Labour won the Oyo state House of Assembly bye election for Oorelope Local Government yesterday. The Labour party’s candidate, who was a former caretaker committee chairman of Oorelope Local Government, Mr. Lukman Balogun, polled 6,122 votes.
The seat became vacant following the murder of Hon. Gideon Aremu, who represented the constituency on the ticket of the Labour Party. Balogun polled 6,122 votes, winning in eight of the 10 wards in the local council, to defeat his closest contender, Mr. Jimoh Gbadamosi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who had 4,148 votes, while the Accord Party’s candidate, Mr. Solomon Olabisi came third with 2,123 votes. The APC won in the remaining two wards.