The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has been officially declared winner of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti state.
Fayemi was declared governor-elect by the Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Idowu Abel Olayinka at 7.59 am on Sunday.
Olayinka, who is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, declared the poll’s outcome after party agents signed the official result sheet.
Fayemi polled 197, 459 votes to defeat the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and incumbent Deputy Governor, Professor Kolapo Olusola who garnered 178, 121 votes.
The former Minister’s declaration was greeted with the chants of APC Change! APC change! APC change!!! by party faithful at the state collation centre.
According to Olayinka, total number of valid votes cast is 394, 594.
Total number of rejected votes is 18, 857 while total number of votes cast is 403, 451.
Other results declared by Olayinka include Accord, 250; Action Alliance, 41; ACD, 1149; AD, 216; ADB, 1082; ADA, 107; AGAO, 31; ANRP, 125; APA, 1199; and APDA, 464.
Also declared were APGA, 70; ANPP, 14; DA, 14; DPC, 147; DPP,181; FJP, 42; GPN, 20; I.D, 31;, KOWA, 23; LP, 280; MMN, 35; MPN, 23; NDLP, 44; NPC, 353 PANDEL, 74; and PGC, 1242.
Others are DPA, 632; PPN, 107; SDO, 367; UDP, 29; UPN, 33; YDP, 31 and YPP, 49.
Olayinka said the total valid votes in the election was 384,594 while total votes cast was 403,451, with 18,857 votes invalidated.
Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor AbdulGaniy Olayinka Raji, expressed satisfaction with the conduct and integrity of the exercise.
Raji said: “We kept our promise and we have kept to our promise.”
APC agent, Mr. Sunday Adunmo, said Fayemi’s victory is an assurance that better days are ahead.
He said: “This is victory for Ekiti men, women, young and old. We thank God that we have reclaiming our land and restoring our values.
“The light is back again, darkness is over in Ekiti.”
Fayemi’s declaration as governor-elect has sparked jubilation in many towns and communities.
The PDP, however, rejected the results, saying the election was marred by irregularities and attacks of its members and supporters.
The party’s agent at the collation centre, Mr Sunday Olowolafe, urged the commission to stay action on the declaration of a winner until a re-run was conducted where there were established cases of violence, vote-buying and ballot snatching.
Fayemi is expected to take over from the incumbent, Mr Ayo Fayose, on Oct. 16, 2018.