Sunday, June 22, 2014 7:58 am
The APC incumbent loses to the PDP candidate by a wide margin
Mr. Ayo Fayose, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti state, western Nigeria, recorded a resounding victory with a total vote haul of 203, 090 out of the 350,256 votes cast.
The Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Isaac Asuzu, announced the result at the INEC office in Ado-Ekiti in the early hours of Sunday.
Asuzu stated, “Ayodele Peter Fayose of the PDP, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and he is returned elected.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a breakdown of the result shows that Fayose beat APC’s candidate and incumbent governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who polled 120,433 votes.
Fayose also defeated Labour Party’s Opeyemi Bamidele who had 18, 135 votes. It was Fayose’s second time of defeating an incumbent in office for the position of governor. In 2003, Fayose defeated Otunba Niyi Adebayo of the Alliance for Democracy. Now, he has done it again.
Fayose won the election in all the 16 local government areas of the state, scoring about 57.9 per cent of the total vote cast.
In Ado-Ekiti, Fayose got 41, 169 votes to beat Fayemi who had 13, 927 votes and Bamidele with 2,065 votes.
While Fayose polled 5,335 votes in Effon Local Government Area, Fayemi had 3,422 with Bamidele garnering 358 votes.
In Emure Local Government Area, Fayose had 7,086 while Fayemi got 4,332 with Bamidele recording 1,527 votes.
The PDP’s candidate got 11, 200 votes in Oye Local Government Area while the APC candidate polled 10, 176 votes and Labour trailed with 512 votes.
While Fayose had 3,670 votes in Ilejemeje Local Government Area, Fayemi got 3,336 votes and Bamidele garnered 165 votes.
In Ikere Local Government Area, the PDP’s candidate scored 16,197 votes while APC had 7,989, with Labour polling 585.
Fayose also led in Ikole Local Government Area with 14,238 votes with APC scoring 8,804 and Labour Party, 1,259.
The PDP flagbearer hauled in 11,038 votes in Ekiti South West Local Government while APC had 6,745 and Labour Party, 1,413.
While Fayose had 13,814 votes in Ijero Local Governement Area, Fayemi scored 9,348, and Bamidele followed with 1,554 votes.
In Fayose’s Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government, the PDP candidate polled 13,038 votes while Fayemi came second with 6,834 and Labour coming third with 3,555 votes.
Fayose was also victorious with 12,498 votes in Ekiti East Local Government Area while Fayemi had 8,584 and Bamidele, 762.
In Moba, the PDP candidate scored 8,878 votes, APC had 7994 and Labour 1,000.
Fayose had a vote haul of 10,136 votes in Ise/Orun Local Government to defeat Fayemi who got 5,809 and Bamidele who had 600.
In Gbonyin Local Government Area, the PDP’ candidate had 11,046 votes, APC got 8138 while Labour Party got 714.
Fayose raked in 10,702 votes in Ekiti West Local Government Area while Fayemi had 7,860 and Labour 884.
In Ido-Osi, the PDP candidate had 1,3045 votes to beat the APC flag bearer who had 7134 votes and Labour candidate who got 1,182.
NAN reports that 18 parties fielded candidates in the election which held in 177 wards.
The governor elect, Mr Ayo Fayose, on Sunday dedicated his victory to the people of the state.
Fayose told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ado-Ekiti that his victory reflected the wishes of the people of the state.
The governor-elect, who spoke through his Chief Press Officer, Mr Idowu Adelusi, described the election that produced him as free, fair and credible.
He promised to improve the living standard of the people by providing job opportunities and making education affordable.
Also reacting, the Labour Party candidate, Mr Opeyemi Bamidele, said, “I am not desperate to be governor.’’
Bamidele, however, said that he remained a credible alternative for the position of governor in the state.
Asked whether he regretted not collaborating with Fayose in the election, Bamidele said he turned down the request because he still had the ambition of becoming the governor of the state.
The Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Kayode Fayemi, Mr Yinka Oyebode, however, told NAN that his boss would react to the outcome of the election at the appropriate time