#EkitiDecides: INEC declares Kayode Fayemi winner of Ekiti governorship election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Kayode Fayemi, the winner of Ekiti State governorship election.
Fayemi defeated the Deputy Governor of the state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Professor Kolapo Olusola, and over 30 others in a keenly contested election.
He was victorious in 11 out of the 16 local government areas of the state, polling 197,459 votes, and edging out his closest rival Olusola who got 178,121 votes by 19,338 votes.
Based on the votes secured, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the election, Professor Idowu Olayinka, named Fayemi the winner
Professor Olayinka declared “that John Olukayode Fayemi of the APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected”.
Saturday’s election was highly anticipated as it pitted both the APC and Fayemi against one of their biggest critics and a key member of the opposition – Governor Ayodele Fayose.
President Buhari congratulates Kayode Fayemi
In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi over a hard-fought victory at the governorship election.
The President on Sunday commended the APC and its supporters for winning the just concluded Ekiti governorship election.
The spokesman to the President, Femi Adesina took to his social media page to convey the President’s felicitation to Mr. Fayemi.