Fayemi Wins Ekiti Governorship Contest

Fayemi Wins Ekiti Governorship Contest

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared former Minister of Mines and Steel Development and Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr John Kayode Fayemi as winner of the Ekiti State Governorship Election held on Saturday, July 14. Fayemi, also a former governor, defeated current Deputy Governor of the state and candidate of

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared former Minister of Mines and Steel Development and Candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Dr John Kayode Fayemi as winner of the Ekiti State Governorship Election held on Saturday, July 14.

Fayemi, also a former governor, defeated current Deputy Governor of the state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof Kolapo Olusola Eleka, and 33 others in a hotly contested election, marred by vote buying, pockets of ballot snatching and virtual siege by security officials on members of the PDP..

INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the election, Professor Idowu Olayinka who declared Fayemi the winner, said he was victorious in 12 out of the 16 local government areas of the state, polling 197,459 votes, edging out his closest rival Eleka, who got 178,121 votes by 19,338 votes.

The election had been perceived more as a two horse race between APC’s Fayemi who was poised to avenge his 2014 defeat by current Governor, Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose and PDP’s Eleka. It was also a contest largely directed at humbling Fayose who is seen as one of the staunchest critics of President Muhammed Buhari.

And that’s why Fayose said the contest was one between the PDP and the heavily deployed security forces who repelled Fayose and other PDP supporters during one of their rallies leading many including the governor to sustain injuries. Many chieftains of the PDP including the chief of staff to the governor were also arrested by security officials in a move interpreted as a ploy to ease the way for Fayemi’s victory.

The build-up 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. Although electoral officials and voting materials were at the polling units on schedule, leading to the smooth take of the exercise, there were some hitches with the card reader which affected Eleka and Fayemi’s wife, Bisi. But they eventually voted after the intervention of INEC officials. .

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 of card reader malfunction, the were 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. 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 the intervention of INEC National Commissioner, Anthonia Simbini.

The victory puts Mr 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 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 of corruption and mismanagement, was keen to ensure that his deputy succeeds him and that Ekiti remains under the leadership of the PDP.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has heartily congratulated Fayemi on his victory in the Ekiti State governorship election. The President also commended the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and all party supporters for the hard-fought victory after a strenuous campaign.

While urging the governor-elect and APC members to be magnanimous in victory as the incoming administration prepares to unfold a new lease of life for the people of Ekiti State through purposeful and responsible governance, he commended the people of the state for their matured and peaceful conduct as they made their choice using the power of the ballot. The President also lauded the INEC for adequate preparations and displaying impartiality throughout the process.

He applauded the security agencies for creating the right atmosphere for the relatively peaceful conduct of the polls and urged them to sustain the peace and also commended local and international observers and monitors for their vigilance and contributions towards the relatively hitch-free exercise.

Imploring the losers to be gallant in conceding defeat and use constitutional means to settle whatever grievances they may have rather than resort to self-help, the President also appealed to all stakeholders in Ekiti State to work towards a successful transition to a new administration in the higher interest of not only the state but the entire nation and its fledgling democratic experience.

“In all this, the people of Ekiti State have spoken loud and clear, and democracy has won again,” he noted.

.The full results showing the performance of the two leading candidates is presented below:

Below are the results declared by INEC:

  1. Ilejemeje LGA:

APC – 4,153

PDP – 3,937

  1. Irepodun/Ifelodun LGA:

APC – 13,869

PDP – 11,456

  1. Ido-Osi LGA:

APC – 12,342

PDP – 11,145

  1. Oye LGA:

APC – 14,995

PDP – 11,271

  1. Efon LGA:

APC – 5,082

PDP – 5,192

  1. Moba LGA

APC – 11,837

PDP – 8,520

  1. Ijero LGA:

APC – 14,192

PDP – 11,077

  1. Gboyin LGA:

APC – 11,489

PDP – 8,027

  1. Emure LGA

APC – 7,084

PDP – 7,121

  1. Ikere LGA:

APC – 11,515

PDP – 17,183

  1. Ekiti West LGA:

APC – 12,648

PDP – 10,137

  1. Ikole LGA:

APC – 14,522

PDP – 13,961

  1. Ise Orun LGA:

APC – 11,908

PDP – 6,297.

  1. Ekiti East LGA:

APC – 12,778

PDP – 11,564.

  1. Ekiti South West

APC- 11,015

PDP- 8,423

  1. Ado LGA

APC- 28,111

PDP- 32,810.

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