The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Biodun Oyebanji, has been declared winner of the Ekiti State governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Prof Kayode Adebowale, INEC’s returning officer and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, announced the results.
The APC scored 187,057 votes to defeat its closest rival, the SDP, which garnered 82,211 votes, the PDP, which got 67,457 votes, and 13 other parties which participated in Saturday’s governorship election.
Out of the 360,753 votes cast, the total valid votes in the election were 351,865.
Adebowale said, “Oyebanji, having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected as the governor-elect of Ekiti State.”
While the agent of SDP, Owoseeni Ajayi, did not sign the forms for the votes cast, the agent of the ADP, said, “Instead of having polling centres, what we have in Ekiti are vote-buying centres”.
Meanwhile, some residents have trooped to the streets to celebrate the victory. At the Government House in the Oke Ayoba area of the town, other APC governors, led by the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, monitored the exercise.
Similarly, in Ikogosi-Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government Area, where Oyebanji hails from, residents also celebrated the victory of their kinsman at the poll.
Also in Ikere-Ekiti, where Oyebanji’s running mate, Mrs. Monitade Afuye, hails from, residents also began celebrating as the results were announced by the respective local government Returning Officers.
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