FAYOSE wins Ekiti

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A former governor of Ekiti State and
the Peoples Democratic Party
candidate, Ayo Fayose, has emerged
the winner of the state’s governorship
election held on Saturday.
Fayose got majority votes in all the 16
local government areas announced by
the Independent National Electoral
Commission.
The three major contenders in the
Saturday poll were the Governor of the
state, Kayode Fayemi, of the All
Progressives Congress; Bamidele
Opeyemi of the Labour Party and
Fayose, the candidate of Peoples
Democratic Party.
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.
He said, “Our people are wiser now
and I am sure they will resist any
attempt to impose an unpopular
candidate on them as the winner.
INEC should announce the winner of
the election and allow peace to reign.”
“Nigeria has too many security
challenges it is struggling with and
should not add Ekiti to the list of the
troubled states.”
Ogunlola recalled that the
manipulation of the election result
during the rerun supplementary
election in 2009 caused a crisis that
set the state aback for many years.
He warned that such should be
avoided in the interest of peace and
development in the state. Another
resident of the state based in Ikere,
Mrs. Ronke Balogun, told one of our
correspondents that INEC and the
security agencies should not be used
to provoke crisis in the state.
She said, “I am sure that there will be
no problem if the winner of the election
is announced. We should not be doing
things which will promote chaos.
Election should be a routine exercise,
which should not be war.”
Folasade Gidado, a student of EKSU,
said, “The election is a watershed in
the history of Ekiti. I hope that INEC
will allow the people’s will to prevail.
“All we desire in Ekiti is peace and
meaningful development.
“We have been at home for two weeks
and I don’t want a situation that will
force the management of our school to
declare total closure because of safety
of students, if violence broke out.
“Also, the Nigeria Civil Society
Situation Room, which is the platform
of the Nigeria Civil Society Groups,
said the group would hold INEC by its
words. One of the leaders of the
NCSSR, Mr. Clement Nwankwo, who
addressed journalists in Ado Ekiti on
Friday, had urged INEC to conduct a
credible election.
Foremost international law expert,
Prof. Akin Oyebode, said the election
in Ekiti election was an opportunity for
the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru
Jega, to build his reputation.The Ekiti
indigene, who is the Head, Department
of International Law and
Jurisprudence, University of Lagos,
said the success or failure of the
election would determine what to
expect in the August 16 governorship
election in Osun State and the 2015
general elections.
He said, “This is the time for Jega and
his confederates, after the debacle in
Anambra (governorship election). This
is the last chance for Jega to display
credibility by conducting a free, fair
and credible election.”
Oyebode, however, criticised the
massive deployment of security forces
for the election, describing it as an
“over desperation” by the Federal
Government.
Students, who have been sent home
by the management of the Ekiti State
University, Ado-Ekiti, two weeks
before the election are also anxious.
Adewale Tosin, a mechanic, was more
concerned about his business
opportunities. He said, “All I want is
peace. I don’t pray for any post-
election violence because it will affect
our business.”
In his remarks, an EKSUT lecturer,
Olajide Akinwumi, said, “There are
fears that the outcome of the election
will be tainted with allegations of
malpractices owing to the allegations
and counter-allegations by the
opposing parties.”
ELECTION RESULT
LG APC      LP PDP
Efon 3,422    358 5,335
Oye 10,176 512     11,200
Ilejemeje     3,336 165     3,670
Ikere             7,989      585 16,197
Ikole 8,804 1,259 14,238
Ekiti S/W 6,746 1,413 11,038
Ijero 9,348 1,554    13,814
Ifelodun       6,834    3,555 13,038
Emure          4,332      1,527 7,086
Ekiti-East 8,584      884 12,498
Moba 7,994 1,000 8,878
Gbonyin 8,138     714 11,046
Ise                    5,809 600 10,136
Ekiti-West 7,860    884 10,702
Ido-Osi           7,134 1,182     13,045
Ado-Ekiti     13,927    2,065    41,169

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