The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Dr. Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC), winner of Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election.
Fayemi polled 197,459 of the 384, 594 total valid votes cast to defeat 34 others including his closest rival and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka who scored 178,121 votes.
According to the results declared on Sunday by Professor Idowu Olayinka, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the election, Fayemi who had lost all 16 local councils in a failed re-election bid in 2014, secured majority of the votes in 11 of the 16 local government areas of the state, including Irepodun-Ifelodun council, the home base of incumbent Governor, Ayodele Fayose.
The election which was largely peaceful witnessed a heavy turn-out of voters, but also had reports of vote-buying and card reader malfunction during the exercise.
Fayemi (53), the immediate past Minister of Solid Mineral Development and former Governor of the state between 2010 and 2014, is expected to be sworn in for a second term in October.
Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq is a Political Journalist, Analyst and Social Change Advocate with major interest in Nigerian Politics, Governance and Sports.