INEC declares Kayode Fayemi winner of Ekiti Governorship Election

By Editor on 15/07/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,070

Fayemi
Fayemi

Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress has been declared winner of the governorship election in Ekiti State. Fayemi defeated the Eleka Olusola, current Deputy Governor of the state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Kolapo Olusola, and over 30 others in a keenly contested election.

He was victorious in 11 out of the 16 local government areas of the state, polling 197,459 votes, and edging out his closest rival Olusola who got 178,121 votes by 19,338 votes.

Based on the votes secured, INEC’s chief returning officer for the election, Professor Idowu Olayinka, declared Fayemi the winner.

Saturday’s election was highly anticipated as it pitted both the APC and Fayemi against one of their biggest critics and a key member of the opposition.

The buildup to the election was filled with drama and heightened expectations but led to fears of violence, with more than 30,000 policemen eventually deployed to provide security.

It, however, started rather smoothly with electoral materials and officials getting to polling units visited by our correspondents on schedule.

In Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, there was a large turnout of voters and more than 60,000 people eventually voted there, the largest votes cast in a local government during the election.

Apart from reports now and then of card reader malfunction, one of the first issues to pop up was the allegations of cash inducements by observers and party agents.

A few hours into the start of the election, the police arrested some persons for allegedly distributing cash to voters.

By midday, both Fayemi and Olusola had suffered hitches at their polling units.
In the case of Fayemi, the card reader smoothly read his PVC enabling him to vote but it failed to read that of his wife and it took several attempts before she got to vote.

After voting, the former Ekiti governor told reporters he was confident of victory and that the day will be celebrated.

In the case of Olusola, the card reader failed to recognise his card when he tried to vote at his polling unit – Ofomofuru Hall, Ward 2, Okokuru in Ikere-Ekiti.

He only got accredited to vote after INEC national commissioner, Anthonia Simbini, intervened.

Both candidates did not dwell on the hitch, however, with the focus more on voter inducement and intimidation.

The victory puts Fayemi on course for a second term as governor of the state, an ambition he failed to achieve in 2014 when he was defeated by Governor Ayodele Fayose.

Fayemi had gone on to head the Policy, Research and Strategy Directorate of the APC’s Presidential Campaign for the 2015 election before becoming Minister of Mines and Steel Development.

Fayose, whose administration repeatedly accused Fayemi’s administration, was keen to ensure that his deputy succeeds him and that Ekiti remains under the leadership of the PDP.

When he came out to vote, the governor repeated his calls to supporters of the PDP to vote and protect their votes.

Although it was a close contest, Fayemi and the APC prevailed. 

Posted 15/07/2018 2:29:17 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Shocking: Nigerian girls sold N210,000 as sex slaves...

Buhari rejects NASS’ approval for refund of N488.7bn...

Senate to reconvene Tuesday over sacked CJN

Police investigate fire outbreak in Enugu timber market...

N6bn For Convention: Stop Lying To Nigerians, PDP...

Police disrupt PDP protest, rough handle Melaye, others...

Army deploys troops in 6 northern states

INEC reschedules elections in Rivers, Lagos, Anambra

Ex-governor Theodore Orji's son is Abia Speaker

20.9 million Nigerians jobless, says NBS

2019 polls to cost N242bn, Buhari tells National...

Police arraign neuropsychiatric worker for fraud in Enugu...

 

Latest News Tension in Rivers as gunmen kill PDP, APC leaders Hope Uzodima arrested, detained in India UNGA: PDP tasks Buhari to address EU, AU reports on 2019 polls IBB charges the Igbos to promote Nigeria unity Atiku writes Nigerians, seeks more support for Supreme Court victory Belema Oil President assures OML-25 Host Communities of cooperation Alleged Port Harcourt serial killer confesses gory episode Suspend deposit charges, consult stakeholders, Reps tell CBN IG backs talks with bandits, says it's like Niger Delta militants’ dialogue How journalists can use social media platforms to promote peace — GOCOP President Air Peace flies home another 314 Nigerians from South Africa Police arrest alleged serial killer in Port Harcourt

 

Most Read Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (14,217 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (13,987 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (13,200 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (12,168 views) Sickle cell support group seeks lgovernment intervention (11,237 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (11,014 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (10,988 views) Israel serves quit notice to African illegal migrants (10,627 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (10,006 views) The Big Kick-off: World greatest sports fiesta begins in Russia (9,711 views) England beat Spain to win U17 World Cup final (9,567 views) NAFDAC eases processes, cost of registering products for MSMEs (9,518 views)

 

SECTIONS NEWS (1,667) EDITORIAL (8) POLITICS (432) SOCIETY (111) SPORTS (22) BUSINESS (277) HEALTH (17) EDUCATION (24) INTERNATIONAL (37) ENTERTAINMENT (12) TECHNOLOGY (1) COLUMNISTS (0) LETTERS (0) OPINION (13)

 

 

Julius Agwu - Crazy Interview Demands