Ekiti Poll: SERAP Heads For Court, Accuses INEC Of ‘Failure To Put Vote Buyers On Trial’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has headed to court, accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of ‘failure to put Ekiti vote buyers on trial.’

The Human rights group in a statement signed on Sunday by its deputy director, Timothy Adewale, said the electoral body has failed to ‘do something’ about the allegations of vote buying by both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during recent governorship election in Ekiti State.

In the suit which was filed on Friday at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, SERAP said it is seeking “an order for leave to apply for judicial review and to seek an order of mandamus compelling INEC and its Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu to instruct security agencies to forward to them, reports of their investigations into allegations of vote buying during the governorship election in Ekiti State.”

They are also seeking collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to commence prosecution of suspected vote buyers.

SERAP said the court action was necessary after the electoral body noted that it had powers to prosecute alleged vote buyers but lacked the powers to arrest and investigate the suspects.

SERAP added that the Acting Secretary of INEC, Okechukwu Ndeche, said recently that while the Commission’s legal officers or any legal practitioner appointed by it “can prosecute alleged vote buying, other agencies must first arrest and investigate suspects before the Commission can act on the matter.”

The human rights group is also seeking an order compelling INEC and its Chairman to “prosecute anyone suspected to be involved and/or complicit in the alleged vote-buying during the elections in Ekiti State, Anambra State, Edo State and Ondo State.”

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

Ekiti Election: PDP Serves Petition Notice On Fayemi, APC

 

Ekiti Election: PDP Claims It Has Evidence ‘INEC Doctored Results’

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday said it had served the notice of governorship petition to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the Ekiti governorship election through substituted means.

The PDP legal team claimed that the APC candidate had been evading the service just as the state secretariat was under lock and key.

Consequently, the tribunal granted leave to the PDP and its candidate to serve the notice through substituted means by conspicuous pasting at the court premises and courier services on the respondents.

Read Also: Olusola Challenges Fayemi’s Victory At Tribunal

A member of the PDP legal team, Obafemi Adewale, said, “The APC locked up its state secretariat to evade service and waste time. But we went back to the tribunal to get an order for substituted service and as I speak, effective, regular and valid service of the petition has been effected”

Meanwhile, the APC has said that they have no reason to be evasive, insisting that the party leaders are entitled to vacation after the rigours of the July 14 governorship election.

One of the party chieftains, Femi Bamisile, said, “A good number of us had gone on holiday since the elections were over. I’ve gone on holiday myself, the governor-elect went too to take a rest.

“I believe every well-meaning party member who worked hard for our victory would like to take a rest. So, one could actually get to the party secretariat and not find anybody there”.

Ekiti Election: Olusola Challenges Fayemi’s Victory At Tribunal

 

Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Professor Kolapo Olusola, has challenged the victory of Dr Kayode Fayemi in the Ekiti State governorship election.

Olusola, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the poll, filed a petition against the results of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the Election Petition Tribunal in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

READ ALSOINEC Declares Kayode Fayemi Winner Of Ekiti Governorship Election

He alleged that the election was marred by intimidation and use of force, while there were discrepancies in results announced by the electoral umpire.

The deputy governor, among other claims, asked the tribunal to declare him the validly elected candidate in the election which held on July 14.

On July 15, INEC declared Fayemi who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the governorship poll.

He polled 197,459 votes to beat Olusola who scored 178,121 votes, as well as the candidates of over 30 other political parties who contested the election.

BREAKING! Ekiti Election: Olusola Challenges Fayemi’s Victory At Tribunal

While the leadership of the APC and the PDP have disagreed over the election results, Governor Ayodele Fayose accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using the security agencies to win the poll for the APC.

Fayose, who could no longer contest governorship election in the state, had wanted Olusola to succeed him.

The PDP had consequently vowed to challenge the election result at the tribunal while INEC went ahead to issue a Certificate of Return to the Governor-elect.

INEC National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, presents a Certificate of Return to the Ekiti Governor-Elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, at the commission’s headquarters in Ado Ekiti on July 18, 2018. Photo – Twitter// @HRHadebambo

 

Dr Fayemi was the governor of Ekiti between 2010 and 2014 before he was denied a second term by the incumbent governor, Fayose.

He had later joined President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet as the Minister of Solid Minerals Development in 2015, until he resigned in May 2018 to contest the governorship poll again.

During a courtesy visit to President Buhari after his victory, the governor-elect said his administration would examine the receipt and expenditure of Ekiti State.

He had also said they would determine why workers in the state were not paid salaries.

Ekiti Election: PDP Claims It Has Evidence ‘INEC Doctored Results’

Ekiti Election: PDP Claims It Has Evidence ‘INEC Doctored Results’

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) purportedly altered the results of the Ekiti State governorship election.

The party made the allegation in a statement by their National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday in Abuja.

READ ALSO: INEC Issues Certificate Of Return To Fayemi

“The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a crucial meeting Tuesday night received and reviewed all facts relating to the July 14, 2018, Ekiti state governorship election.

“After a thorough examination of all hard facts, the NWC reconfirms that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) doctored the result of the election to favour the All Progressives Congress (APC),” they alleged in the statement.

The opposition party claimed that apart from the purported discrepancies between the actual votes cast at the polling centres and the results released by INEC, there were evidence that the electoral umpire pulled down the original result from its database to accommodate the alterations.

They insisted that the original result was in favour of their candidate and Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Professor Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, before the figures were allegedly altered.

‘I Need A Right To Life’, Fayose Demands After Ekiti Election

Faulting the victory of the APC candidate in the poll, Dr Kayode Fayemi, the PDP claimed the deputy governor clearly won the election considering the purported facts they have.

“The NWC, therefore, calls on the leadership of INEC to immediately correct their results, apologise to the people of Ekiti state and be ready to admit their falsifications before the tribunal so as to return our mandate which was stolen at ‘gunpoint’ on July 14,” the party alleged.

Ekiti Election: SERAP Asks INEC To Prosecute ‘Vote Buyers’

File photo of Ekiti residents voting on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prosecute those behind alleged vote-buying in the just concluded elections in Ekiti State.

The group in an open letter to the Chairman of the electoral body, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should be involved in the investigation into allegations of vote buying by both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) at the election.

A statement signed on Tuesday by the Director of SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said INEC should take steps within 14 days of publication of the letter or face legal action.

READ ALSO: Lagosians Groan As Trucks Block Entire Stretch Of Apapa Oshodi Expressway

“The organisation requested Professor Yakubu to “take steps within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of the open letter which SERAP will institute legal proceedings to compel you and the INEC to discharge your constitutional and statutory responsibilities in the public interest.

“Vote buying amounts to undue influence and improper electoral influence. Investigating the allegations and prosecuting all those suspected to be involved would indicate your agencies’ willingness to exert your authorities and act as a deterrent against breaches of the electoral process, Nigeria’s anti-corruption legislation and international standards,” the statement read in part.

SERAP added that it is the responsibility of INEC as an independent body to take steps and action to minimise electoral bribery and ensure political equality to prevent unfair electoral competition.

SERAP also called for investigation and prosecution of alleged vote-buying in the elections in Anambra State, Edo State and Ondo State, in collaboration with the ICPC and EFCC.

INEC Issues Certificate Of Return To Fayemi

I’m Not Desperate, I Have Unfinished Business In Ekiti - Fayose
Dr Kayode Fayemi (file)

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued a Certificate of Return to Dr Kayode Fayemi, the winner of the governorship election in Ekiti State.

INEC National Commissioner, Mr Solomon Soyebi, presented the certificate to the governor-elect on Wednesday amid a crowd of supporters at the commission’s headquarters in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

READ ALSO‘I Don’t Lose Battles’: Fayose Reacts To Ekiti Election Result, Attacks Buhari

Dr Fayemi commended the electoral umpire and security agencies for a job well done, stating that serious governance has just started for him.

He was the governor of Ekiti between 2010 and 2014 before he lost his re-election to the incumbent governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose.

INEC National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, presents a Certificate of Return to the Ekiti Governor-Elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, at the commission’s headquarters in Ado Ekiti on July 18, 2018. Photo – Twitter// @HRHadebambo

 

Fayemi later joined President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet in 2015 as the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, until he resigned in May 2018 to contest the governorship poll again.

Having completed his eight years as governor, Fayose who has always criticised the former minister and President Buhari’s administration, wanted his deputy and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Kolapo Olusola, to succeed him.

But the governor’s expectations were cut short on Sunday when INEC declared Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the poll held on Saturday last week.

Fayemi polled 197,459 votes to beat his PDP rival Olusola who scored 178,121 votes, as well as the candidates of over 30 other political parties who took part in the governorship race.

The leadership of the APC and the PDP have disagreed over the outcome of the election.

On his part, Fayose accused the President of using the security agencies to win the poll for the former minister and the APC.

“The President should bury his head in shame for using the Police, Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and INEC to snatch the mandate given to Olusola and deliver it to Fayemi ‘whom Ekiti people rejected”, claimed the governor who insisted that his party would reclaim their mandate.

‘I Need A Right To Life’, Fayose Demands After Ekiti Election

 

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has demanded that his life and that of his family be secured, saying there is no single policeman protecting him.

The governor, who made his first public appearance on Tuesday since Ekiti held its governorship election, lamented that he and his family are not safe.

“If we have been robbed, we must still have a right to life. I need a right to life, my family needs a right to life,” he said after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the poll conducted on Saturday last week.

READ ALSO: ‘I Don’t Lose Battles’: Fayose Reacts To Ekiti Election Result, Attacks Buhari

Governor Fayose made the allegations when he visited the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe, at his palace in the state capital.

He condemned the situation where the man “that contested against me” is allegedly protected by at least two units of policemen while the incumbent governor has no single policeman to protect him.

‘I Need A Right To Life’, Fayose Laments After Ekiti Election
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose being accompanied by a crowd of supporters as he visits the place of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti on July 17, 2018.

 

The governor claimed the police officers deployed in the Government House had been withdrawn since Wednesday last week and called for the intervention of concerned individuals and groups in the matter.

“In the Government House, all the entrances were blocked since last Friday till this morning (Tuesday). I don’t understand why it should be like this,” he wondered.

The allegations come one day after Fayose faulted the outcome of the election and accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC of using security operatives to win the poll.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had returned the governor’s predecessor and former minister, Dr Kayode Fayemi, elected after defeating Fayose’s deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola, and over 30 others in a keenly contested election.

According to the results announced on Sunday, Fayemi polled the highest vote of 197,459 to beat his closest rival Olusola who scored 178,121 votes.

While the national leadership of the APC and PDP have disagreed over the election results, Governor Fayose noted that the victory of the APC was irrelevant as the PDP would reclaim their mandate in court.

‘I Don’t Lose Battles’: Fayose Reacts To Ekiti Election Result, Attacks Buhari

'I Don't Lose Battles': Fayose Reacts To Ekiti Election Result, Attacks Buhari
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose (file)

 

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has rejected and condemned the outcome of the governorship election held in the state over the weekend.

In a series of tweets on Monday, he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using the security operatives to win the poll for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

READ ALSO: INEC Declares Kayode Fayemi Winner Of Ekiti Governorship Election

“On this Ekiti election, President Buhari demonstrated truly that he is not a Democrat, but a dictator and fascist per excellence,” Fayose claimed a day after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and their candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola lost to the APC.

He alleged further, “It is only Buhari that will pride himself with the security shooting sporadically at polling centres, scaring people to pave the way for the APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes.

“The President should bury his head in shame for using the Police, Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and INEC to snatch the mandate given to Olusola and deliver it to Fayemi ‘whom Ekiti people rejected’.”

INEC Announces Ekiti Governorship Election Results [Full List]

The governor, who insisted that his party was cheated in the election, claimed there was no jubilation in Ekiti after Fayemi was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He further described the victory of the APC as pyrrhic, insisting that his party would not be silenced but would work tirelessly until they get the justice they deserved.

“We will reclaim the stolen mandate in the court by the power of God,” Fayose vowed. “As for me, I am Peter Ayodele Fayose, I hold with my head high.”

“I can never be suppressed. I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. By the power of God, I will laugh last.”

Announcing the election results on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Idowu Olayinka, returned Fayemi elected having scored the highest number of votes in the poll.

The former minister defeated his PDP opponent and Ekiti Deputy Governor and more than 30 other aspirants in the keenly contested election.

Fayemi was victorious in 11 out of the 16 local government areas of the state, polling 197,459 votes to beat his closest rival Olusola who got 178,121 votes.

A Daylight Robbery?

Following the declaration, President Buhari praised his former cabinet member, the APC, as well as party supporters for the hard-fought victory.

President Buhari with Fayemi and Oshiomhole at the APC governorship rally in Ekiti State on July 10, 2018.

 

He, however, asked the governor-elect to be magnanimous in victory in his bid to unfold a new lease of life for the Ekiti people through purposeful and responsible governance.

The PDP national leadership are also on the same page with Governor Fayose on the outcome of the election.

While it took Fayose more than 24 hours to react, the party swiftly condemned the poll results as falsified and described Fayemi’s victory as “a daylight robbery, a brazen subversion of the will of the people and a direct assault on our democracy.”

But the APC insisted that with the success, Ekiti people have demonstrated their trust in Fayemi’s ability to deliver on his campaign promises.

They attributed the feat to the fact that “Mr Fayemi ran an effective and positive campaign focused on his agenda of rebuilding the economy of the state and returning its lost values of integrity, prudence, and decency”.

Ekiti Election: Lai Mohammed Hails Outcome, Says Nigerians Have Spoken

Lai Mohammed – file photo

 

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has commended the outcome of the just concluded Ekiti governorship election which was held last Saturday.

He said, “The Nigerian people have spoken, they have spoken loudly about their perception of the APC-led Buhari administration”.

The Minister stated this at a press conference on Sunday which was held in Lagos State.

He said that with the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the election was more than one state’s gubernatorial poll. “It was a referendum on the performance of the Buhari Administration. And Nigerians have given their verdict”.

The APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi was declared the winner of the election on Sunday morning by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after he outpolled the Deputy governor of the state, Professor Kolapo Olusola of the PDP, and others in the race to succeed Governor Ayodele Fayose.

He won 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.

The Informationation while commending the outcome said, “It’s not just a defeat for the PDP, it’s a defeat for all the naysayers who have made themselves the spokespersons for Nigerians”.

He added that “It is a death knell for fake news! Anyone who monitored the social media before and during the election would think it would be a landslide for the PDP. But the reality is different.

“We want to most sincerely thank the people of Ekiti State for ensuring that the election was free, fair and credible, as attested to by local and international observers and for turning out en masse to exercise their franchise.

“In 2014, the votes of the people of Ekiti did not count as the then PDP-led Federal Government used federal might to hijack the election and concoct the result.

They barred two serving Governors from travelling to Ekiti to support their fellow Governor. They wilfully shut the Akure airport and we, leaders of the opposition APC, were forced to return to Lagos by road in the night.

“With the roles reversed in 2018, we did not pay the PDP back in its own coin, because of our strong belief in the rule of law. The rest is history”.

INEC Announces Ekiti Governorship Election Results [Full List]

INEC Announces Ekiti Governorship Election Results [Full List]

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the results of the just concluded governorship election in Ekiti State.

INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Professor Idowu Olayinka, declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi, as the winner of the election.

READ ALSO: INEC Declares Kayode Fayemi Winner Of Ekiti Governorship Election

Announcing the results on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, Professor Olayinka said the former minister was returned elected having satisfied the requirements of the law and scoring the highest number of votes.

Fayemi defeated the Deputy Governor of the state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 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 to beat his closest rival Olusola who got 178,121 votes.

See the full list of candidates who took part in the election as announced by the INEC Chief Returning Officer.

 

CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
Abiodun AlukoAccord Party (A)250
Shola OmololaAction Alliance (AA)41
Owolabi OlowoporokuAdvanced Congress of Democrats (ACD)1,149
Agboola OlaniyiAlliance for Democracy (AD)216
Segun AdewaleAction Democratic Party (ADP)1,082
Lucas OrubuloyeAll Grassroots Alliance (AGA)107
Stephen OribamiseAll Grand Alliance Party (AGAP)31
Tunde AfeAbundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP)125
Saheed JimohAfrican Peoples Alliance (APA)1,199
Kayode FayemiAll Progressives Congress (APC)197,459 (elected)
Tope AdebayoAdvanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA)464
Ayodeji AyodeleAll Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)70
Adegboye AjayiBetter Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP)14
David AdesuaDemocratic Alternative (DA)14
Olalekan OlanrewajuDemocratic Peoples Congress (DPC)147
Oluyinka AkereleDemocratic Peoples Party (DPP)181
Sule GaniyuFreedom and Justice Movement (FJP)42
Adewale OlusolaGreen Party of Nigeria (GPN)20
Tosin AjibareIndependent Democrats (ID)212
Temitope AmudaKOWA Party (KP)23
Sikiru LawalLabour Party (LP)280
Olabode JegedeMass Movement of Nigeria (MMN)35
Adebisi OmoyeniMega Party of Nigeria (MPN)231
Babatunde AlegbeleyeNational Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP)84
Oladosu OlaniyanNorthern People’s Congress (NPC)353
********PANDEL74
Dada AyoyinkaPeople For Democratic Change (PDC)1,242
Kolapo OlusolaPeoples Democratic Party (PDP)178,121
Goke AnimashaunProgressive Peoples Alliance (PPA)632
Dare BejidePeoples Party of Nigeria (PPN)187
Akinloye AiyegbusiSocial Democratic Party (SDP)367
Olusegun AdeleyeUnited Democratic Party (UDP)29
Jacob GboyegaUnity Party of Nigeria (UPN)33
Fakorede AyodejiYoung Democratic Party (YDP)31
Omotayo GabrielYoung Progressives Party (YPP)49
Total number of registered voters909, 585
Total number of accredited voters405, 861
Total valid votes384,594
Rejected votes18,857
Total votes cast403,451

INEC Declares Kayode Fayemi Winner Of Ekiti Governorship Election

Fayemi and his wife arrive at their polling unit to vote on Saturday

 

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has won the 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.

The buildup to the election was filled with drama and heightened expectations but led to fears of violence, with more than 30,000 policemen eventually deployed to provide security.

It, however, started rather smoothly with electoral materials and officials getting to polling units visited by our correspondents on schedule.

In Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, there was a large turnout of voters and more than 60,000 people eventually voted there, the largest votes cast in a local government during the election.

Apart from reports now and then of card reader malfunction, one of the first issues to pop up was the allegations of cash inducements by party agents.

A few hours into the start of the election, the police arrested some persons for allegedly distributing cash to voters.

By midday, both Fayemi and Olusola had suffered hitches at their polling units.

In the case of Fayemi, the card reader smoothly read his PVC enabling him to vote but it failed to read that of his wife and it took several attempts before she got to vote.

After voting, the former Ekiti governor told reporters he was confident of victory and that the day will be celebrated.

 

In the case of Olusola, the card reader failed to recognise his card when he tried to vote at his polling unit – Ofomofuru Hall, Ward 2, Okokuru in Ikere-Ekiti.

He only got accredited to vote after INEC National Commissioner, Anthonia Simbini, intervened.

Professor Kolapo Olusola at his polling unit

 

Both candidates did not dwell on the hitch, however, with the focus more on voter inducement and intimidation.

The victory puts Mr Fayemi on course for a second term as governor of the state, an ambition he failed to achieve in 2014 when he was defeated by Governor Fayose.

Fayemi had gone on to head the Policy, Research and Strategy Directorate of the APC’s Presidential Campaign for the 2015 election before becoming Minister of Mines and Steel Development.

Fayose, whose administration repeatedly accused Fayemi’s administration, was keen to ensure that his deputy succeeds him and that Ekiti remains under the leadership of the PDP.

When he came out to vote, the governor repeated his calls to supporters of the PDP to vote and protect their votes.

Although it was a close contest, this time around Fayemi and the APC prevailed.

LIVE UPDATES: Ekiti Governorship Election Results

Welcome to our live coverage and updates on the collation of the results for Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti.

The collation of results at the Independent National Electoral Commission Secretariat in Ado-Ekiti around 2:30 am on Sunday with after an address by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor AbdulGaniy Raji.

At the start of the collation, results for 14 of the 16 local government areas in the state had arrived at the INEC secretariat.

Voting in the keenly contested governorship election had ended in most polling units in the state by 2 pm on Saturday after which sorting of ballots and collation of results took place at the polling unit and local government level.

The official results will be announced after the completion of the ongoing collation.

Although over 30 candidates contested in the election,  it is considered a two-horse race between former governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress and the current Deputy Governor, Kolapo Olusola, of the People Democratic Party.

Catch up on our live updates of Saturday’s activities here and keep refreshing this page for the results for the local governments as they are announced.


INEC officials at the collation centre in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital

1. Ilejemeje LGA
APC – 4,153
PDP – 3,937


2. Irepodun/Ifelodun LGA
APC – 13,869
PDP – 11,456


3. Ido-Osi LGA
APC – 12,342
PDP – 11,145


4. Oye LGA
APC – 14,995
PDP – 11,271


5. Efon LGA
APC – 5,082
PDP – 5,192


6. Moba LGA
APC – 11,837
PDP – 8,520


7. Ijero LGA
APC – 14,192
PDP – 11,077


8. Gboyin LGA
APC – 11,489
PDP – 8,027


9. Emure LGA
APC – 7,084
PDP – 7,121


10. Ikere LGA
APC – 11,515
PDP – 17,183


11. Ekiti West LGA
APC – 12,648
PDP – 10,137


12. Ikole LGA
APC – 14,522
PDP – 13,961


13. Ise Orun LGA
APC – 11,908
PDP – 6,297


14. Ekiti East LGA
APC – 12,778
PDP – 11,564


15. Ekiti South West LGA
APC – 11,015
PDP – 8,432


16. Ado-Ekiti LGA
APC – 28,111
PDP – 32,810


The agent of the PDP has raised an observation about alleged inducement of voters in the election. He said the PDP and its agents made repeated complaints about the inducement of voters and called for the complaints to be investigated along with the objection of his party to what he said was the militarisation of the state for the election.


5: 54 am: The electoral officials are now putting together the results before declaring them.