BREAKING: INEC declares Fayemi winner of Ekiti governorship election

Kayode Fayemi, a former Minister of Mines and Steel Development and candidate  of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has won Saturday’s  governorship  election in Ekiti.

Idowu Olayinka, the Chief Returning Officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, said Mr Fayemi polled 197,459 votes to emerge winner.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Olayinka made the declaration at the headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commissioner, INEC, in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday.

NAN also reports that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Kolapo Olusola, came second with 178,121 votes.

The PDP has, however, rejected the results, saying that 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.

Other results declared by Olayinka were 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.

The rest are DPA, 632;  PPN, 107;  SDO, 367;  UDP, 29;  UPN, 33; YDP, 31 and YPP, 49.

Mr Olayinka said the  total valid votes in the election was 384,594 while total votes cast was 403,451, with 18,857 votes  invalidated.

Mr Fayemi is expected to take over from the incumbent, Ayo Fayose, on Oct. 16, 2018.