Gov. Ayodele Fayose

Gov. Ayodele Fayose

Ekiti 2014: INEC Declares PDP’s Ayo Fayose Winner Of Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the PeopleDemocratic Party (PDP) candidateMr. Ayodele Fayose has the winner of the June 21 governorship election in the state.

Mr. Fayose won with what appears a landslide.

The Paradigm had yesterday reported that the PDP candidate was leading with a wide margin.

Mr. Fayose polled a total of 203,090 votes, winning the highest number of votes in all the Local Government Areas of the state.

Incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi, who is his closest challenger, came a distant second, garnering 120,433 votes.

The candidate of the Labour Party [LP], Opeyemi Bamidele, received a paltry 18,135 votes.

Some of the results from the local government areas are as follows: Oye Local Government Area, APC got 10,176 and PDP had 11,200 votes. At the Emure Local Government, APC received 4,332 votes; Labour Party,1,527 and PDP 7,086.

The results from the Ilejemeje Local Government Area showed that Fayose of the PDP led with 3.670, APC, 3,336 and Labour 165.

At Ikere Ekiti Local Government Area, PDP polled 16,197, APC, 7,989 and Labour 585. In Ikole Ekiti, APC polled 8,804, Labour Party, 1,259 and PDP, 14,238. In Ekiti South West, APC 6,746; LP 1,413; and PDP 11,038. Ijero, APC 9,348, LP 1,554, PDP 13,814. Ifelodun APC 6,834, LP 3,555, and PDP 13, 038.

Before the results were announced, there had been palpable tension around the state. Supporters of the candidates and residents warned INEC against manipulating the result of the election.

They warned against a repetition of what happened at the rerun governorship poll in 2009, when the then Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Ayoka Adebayo, made a volte-face and announced Mr. Segun Oni of the PDP as the winner.

The Chairman, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Ekiti State, Mr. Tunji Ogunlola, said Ekiti people were not ready to go through the tortuous journey of election petition tribunal again.

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