Jubilation In Isan Ekiti As Fayemi Wins Governorship Election

Family and friends in Fayemi’s home in Isan Ekiti, celebrate his Victory

 

Residents of Isan Ekiti town of Ekiti State, the hometown of the winner of the state 2018 governorship election, Dr Kayode Fayemi, as well as his friends and family, have continued to jubilate over his victory.

While his supporters were seen dancing and praising God outside his home for the result of the polls, he (Fayemi) was seen inside, celebrating with close friends and family.

The Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC), declared Fayemi as the winner of the election in the early hours of Sunday after securing 197,459 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 178,121 votes.

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Addressing journalists, the governor elect said the victory at the polls was a demonstration that the Institutions are functioning, and Nigeria’s Democracy is working.

He commended INEC and security agencies for their conduct in ensuring that there was no violence.

Furthermore, he urged Nigerians to continue to keep faith and ensure that the nation commits fully to democracy and not autocracy.

He also promised to restore values in the state, return to decorum and civility as well as respect for elders.

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

It, however, started and ended rather smoothly except for cases if card readers malfunctioning in some Polling Units.

Protect Your Votes Even If They Cut Your Neck, Fayose Tells Party Agents

The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has asked agents of his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to ensure they protect their votes in the governorship election taking place in the state.

Governor Fayose said this on Saturday on his way to vote.

“Even if they are going to cut your neck, let them cut the neck. So long as the ballot boxes are there”, he told the party agents on the phone.

Receiving another phone call, he said, “I don’t want to hear stories. Vote and protect your votes.

“Don’t come back to Ado-Ekiti without protecting. Whosoever’s ballot boxes they are carting away should better remain in his community”.

Residents turned out in large numbers across the state to vote in a new candidate who will govern them for the next four years.

In many parts of Ado-Ekiti, the capital, hundreds of voters were seen at the polling units as early as 7:00 am.

Voters including the elderly, pregnant women, nursing mothers, youths among others were seen at the polls to exercise their rights to vote.


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While the overall atmosphere was peaceful, and the exercise hitch free in most Polling Units, there were issues of card readers malfunctioning in some units.

The candidate for the PDP, Professor Kolapo Olusola, was one of those affected.

The card reader failed to recognize his PVC, preventing him from voting immediately after he arrived at Polling Unit 007, Ofomofuru Hall, Ward 2, Okokuru in Ikere-Ekiti.

However, with the intervention of the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Anthonia Simbini, he was accredited and eventually able to vote.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Kayode Fayemi, cast his vote at about 10:15 am.

He arrived at the Polling Unit (Unit 9) ward 11 in Ogilolo, Isan- Ekiti, with his wife, Erelu Bisi who, however, experienced a delay in voting.

The card reader initially failed to recognise her PVC but after several attempts, she was able to vote.

Ekiti Election: Kolapo Olusola Finally Votes After Card Reader Malfunction

Kolapo Olusola at polling unit

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Ekiti Governorship election, Mr Kolapo Olusola, has finally voted after a card reader malfunction prevented him from doing so earlier.

The card reader had failed to recognize his PVC as he tried to vote at Polling Unit 007, Ofomofuru Hall, Ward 2, Okokuru in Ikere-Ekiti on Saturday.


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However, with the intervention of the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Anthonia Simbini, Eleka, was accredited and eventually able to vote.

He said INEC identified the need for his PVC to be withdrawn and replaced later, an option which he said he was satisfied with.

LIVE UPDATES: Ekiti Governorship Election – Fayemi, Olusola, 33 Others Battle To Succeed Fayose

 

After months of politicking and campaigns, the much-anticipated Ekiti governorship election is here.

Today, the people of Ekiti are heading to the polls to decide who will succeed Governor Ayodele Fayose as their leader.

With over 30 candidates in the race, the campaigns have been both intriguing and controversial.

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Many, however, consider the poll to be a two-horse race between the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.

More so because Ekiti is the only state in the South-West that is under the PDP and the APC will be looking to strengthen its grip in the region, having seized control of Ondo State in 2016.

Also, Governor Fayose is one of the most vocal critics of the APC and a major figure in the PDP. Beyond that, he had denied the APC candidate Kayode Fayemi a second term in 2014.

The governor, who is supporting his deputy Professor Kolapo Olusola, to succeed him, repeatedly accused the Federal Government and security agencies of intimidating voters.

Beyond the controversies, the Independent National Electoral Commission, says it is fully prepared to hold a free and fair election in the state.

Meanwhile, over 30,000 policemen were deployed to the state along with hundreds of security personnel from other agencies.

Stay with us for live updates from the poll.


7:00 am – Materials arrived in Isan -Ekiti (Ekiti North Senatorial District)


8:00 am – Accreditation and voting commenced.


8:30 am – Residents turn out in huge numbers amid heavy security presence.

Voters including the elderly, pregnant women, nursing mothers, youths among others were queuing up at the polls, ready to exercise their civic.

So far no issues with the card readers at most of the polling units.


9:24 am – In Afao town of Ado Ekiti (the incumbent Governor’s hometown) security roadblocks were seen at intervals. Also, most polling units along the road had lots of people on the queue.


9:54 am – Police arrest those allegedly sharing money for votes at Ajilosun area of Ado Ekiti in front of Jonathan Memorial School.


10:09 am – The 112 year-old aunt of the APC governorship candidate, Comfort Bodunde, also came out to cast her vote.


10:16 am – APC governorship candidate, kayode Fayemi, arrives polling unit with his wife.

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He moves straight to join the queue after which he was asked by the presiding officer to go and vote.

His wife’s card could not be read and is still being looked into to rectify whatever is wrong.

10:30 am – PDP candidate, Olusola Eleka, tries to cast his vote but is delayed as the card reader malfunctions.


10: 35 am – The issue with the card reader is sorted and he is finally able to vote.

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13:11 pm – The state governor , Ayodele Fayose, is on his way to cast his vote.

14:00 pm – Fayose votes.

On his way to the Polling Unit, he asked agents of his party, the PDP, to ensure that they protect their votes.

“Even if they are going to cut your neck, let them cut the neck. So long as the ballot boxes are there”, he told the party agents on the phone.

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14:30 pm – Voting ends in most Polling Units and sorting and collation of results has begun.


15:30 pm – Counting of votes commences at a Polling Unit in Ise /orun LGA.

 

Polling Unit in Ise /orun LGA

16:44 pm – The sorting of ballots and counting of votes have been concluded in many polling units across the state, but it would be hours before official results are announced.



19:51 pm – INEC has warned residents of Ekiti and Nigerians to ignore the results making the rounds on social media as the electoral process is still ongoing.


 

Ekiti State Election Tribunal Begins Sitting

APCThe Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, commenced proceedings in the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the June 21 governorship election.

The candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Ayo Fayose, had emerged winner in a landslide victory which knocked out incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi, the APC candidate.

However, after Governor Fayemi conceded defeat to Fayose, through a State-wide broadcast, the APC decried the election process, as well as some of the activities leading up to the day of the election, including the arrest of some top APC members.

The Party further announced its plans to contest the result of the election in Court.

The Tribunal in Ado-Ekiti sat to consider an ex parte motion filed by the APC seeking the leave of the court to inspect the Independent National Electoral Commission materials used for the election.

The APC through its counsel, Kabiru Akingbolu withdrew the ex- parte motion after the re-evaluation of the matter by the petitioner.

The motion filed had sought the permission of the tribunal for the electoral umpire to allow the APC to inspect the ballot papers used at June 21 poll.

The motion was however struck out by the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad Siraju.

Fayemi Tasks Private Bodies On Corporate Social Responsibilities

FayemiThe governor of Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi has urged private organisations to perform their corporate social responsibilities in order to bail the country out of underdevelopment.

Speaking to the management of the Ekiti state’s University Teaching Hospital School of Midwifery Ado Ekiti, the governor stressed the need for private organisations collaboration with the state government so as to improve health service delivery in the state.

Dr Kayode who was represented by the Head of Service, Bunmi Famosaya, further charged the state government at all cadres to provide enabling environment for private bodies to perform their expected social responsibilities in the state.

The Chairman, Board of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Dr Kayode Akinlade in his remarks confirmed that efforts are underway in ensuring expeditious accreditation of the School of Midwifery in the institution before the expiration of the present administration.

The Chief Medical Director, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Kolawole Ogundipe also pointed out efforts of the government in ensuring that the School of Nursing and Midwifery is given a face lift, which includes the renovation of the administrative blocks.

He added that the school was under the Ministry of Health but now transferred to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital for effective management. He, therefore, appealed to the state government to give more attention to the school.

Ekiti: APC Heading To Court For Infractions – Lai Mohammed

Lai MohammedThe National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday disclosed plans of the All Progressives Congress, which lost in the just concluded Ekiti governorship elections, to head to Court for various infractions against its members, during the elections.

“We are going to challenge all these infractions in court so that it would be clear we are not making anything up,” he said.

Appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Mr Mohammed listed various offences for which the party was going to seek redress for in Court, including the detainment of Governor Chibuike Amaechi and other APC governors on the day of Fayemi’s last rally.

He also mentioned the arrest of some APC leaders the night before the election, as one of the issues for which they seek redress, noting that they had no problems with the outcome of the election, but with the process.

“Two weeks before the election, a peaceful rally by the APC was forcibly dispersed which led to the death of an individual,” he said, adding that there was no investigation into the matter.

He also mentioned that “a vehicle was intercepted containing 200 boxes of electoral material which INEC discredited as waste material” and there was yet to be an explanation for a reported aircraft carrying suspicious material, which landed in Ekiti.

Mohammed explained that “what happens before, during elections determines if the nation’s democracy is being deepened.”

However, the APC spokesman said that the Party had no intention to contest the result of the election and it was standing by Fayemi’s decision, unless there was compelling evidence to necessitate such a move.

“We have gone beyond the issue of who lost or who won the election”, he said, but insisted that the over-militarisation of the process created fear in the electorate which may have caused many APC loyalists to stay clear of the election.

“We have absolutely no problem or issue with law enforcement agencies in keeping peace” he said, but noted that it was a “selective keeping of peace” which was against the opposition. He claimed that members of the APC, as well as some accredited journalists had been “deported” and “forcefully removed” on the day of the election.

He further insisted that certain incidents, if not corrected, would not give the desired type of democracy.

On the emergence of Ayo Fayose as governor-elect, Mohammed said that the concession of defeat by Fayemi and the APC was evidence of the opposition’s democratic nature.

“By this we have shown the world that we are true democrats and that election is not a do or die affair”, he said, maintaining that the Party had respected the wish of the people.

Strange Allegation

On his part, Chairman of the Lagos Chapter of the PDP, Tunji Shelle, described allegations of the APC spokesman as “strange”.

According to him, security personnel were professional in their conduct.Tunji Shelle

Shelle, a second guest on the programme, while speaking about the election, commended the outgoing governor, Kayode Fayemi, for sportsmanship but noted that the act was not first of its kind.

“Our own candidate in Lagos during the last election congratulated Fashola in the same vein as Fayemi did.”

He noted that Fayemi had prepared well but somebody else prepared better, adding that the last time governance was taken away from PDP, it was through “judicial rascality”, since Ekiti was a PDP state.

On reports of the ejection of certain people allegedly lodged in hotels to perpetuate electoral crime, Shelle said that the security personnel did a good job of evading any unwanted occurrence. They were there to disrupt the electoral process, he insisted.

He, however, defended the presence of the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro and Minister of Police Affairs, Jelil Adesiyan in Ekiti despite the fact that security operatives did not permit APC governors.

According to him, they had been lodged in Akure, and had gone into Ado-Ekiti briefly, on private matters, as PDP members and were not on a mission to influence the election.