Dr Kayode Fayemi, The All Progressives Congress, (APC) candidate in the Ekiti governorship election, has won the governorship election according to the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission in majority of the 16 local councils in the state.
Fayemi defeated 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. Eleka won in his local council of Ikere-Ekiti, Emure, Efon and Ado-Ekiti. Fayemi won in Ilejemeje, Irepodun/Ifelodun, which is the local council of the incumbent, Ayodele Fayose, Ido-Osi, Fayemi’s own local council.
The APC candidate also won in Oye, Moba, Ijero, Gboyin, Ekiti West, Ikole, Ise Orun, Ekiti East and Ekiti South West.
Results of Ekiti governorship election as declared by INEC
- Ilejemeje LG APC-4,156 PDP-3,937
- Irepodun/Ifelodun LG APC-13,869 PDP-11,456
- Ido OSI LG APC-12,342 PDP-11,145
- Oye LG APC-14,995 PDP-11,071
- Efon Alaye LG APC-5,028 PDP-5,192
- Moba LG APC- 11,837 PDP- 8,520
- Ijero LG APC-14,192 PDP-11,077
- Gboyin APC – 11,498 PDP- 8,027
- Emure LG APC – 7,048 PDP- 7,121
- Ikere LG APC- 11,515 PDP- 17,183
- Ekiti West LG APC- 12,648 PDP- 10,137
- Ikole LG APC- 14,522 PDP- 13,961
- Ise/Orun LG APC- 11,908 PDP- 6,297
- Ekiti East APC- 12,778 PDP- 11,564
- Ekiti Southwest LG APC- 11,015 PDP- 8,423
- Ado LG APC- 28,111 PDP- 32,810
Total votes APC- 197,462 winner PDP- 177,927
Based on the votes secured, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the election, Professor Idowu Olayinka, declared Fayemi the winner.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan and Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, said he had satisfied the requirement of the law by polling the highest lawful votes in the election.
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.