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.

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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.

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.

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.

Ekiti Election: Card Reader Rejects PDP’s Olusola, Wife’s Cards

 

Voting has been delayed for the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ekiti State Governorship election, Kolapo Olusola, as the INEC card reader failed to recognize his PVC.

Olusola arrived at his Polling Unit 007, Ofomofuru Hall, Ward 2, Okokuru in Ikere-Ekiti around 10:30 am on Saturday but was unable to vote immediately.

His wife was said to have had a similar experience and was also unable to vote immediately.

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.


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The PDP candidate said INEC identified the need for his PVC to be withdrawn and replaced later, an option which he said he was satisfied with.

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.

Fayemi, Olusola, 33 Others Vying For Ekiti Governorship Seat

 

The people of Ekiti State are ready to decide the fate of the state for the next four years as they prepare for Saturday’s governorship election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police, as well as other stakeholders in the poll, are putting adequate measures in place to ensure a free and fair election, as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

A total of 35 aspirants from various political parties would vie for the top seat, including a former governor, an incumbent deputy governor, and former political leaders in the state.

A review of some of the candidates compiled by Channels Television is highlighted below;

Kayode Fayemi – All Progressives Congress (APC)

Dr Fayemi hails from Isan Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of the North Senatorial District of the state. He first served as the state governor since 2010 but lost his re-election to the incumbent Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose in 2014.

Fayemi consequently joined President Buhari’s cabinet in late 2015 and served as the Minister of Solid Minerals Development. He resigned as a minister on May 30 after being declared as the APC candidate to pursue his governorship ambition.

I’m Not Desperate, I Have Unfinished Business In Ekiti - Fayose
Kayode Fayemi


Kolapo Olusola – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

Professor Kolapo Olusola is the incumbent deputy governor of Ekiti State from Ikere Ekiti in Ekiti South Senatorial District. Before his election as deputy governor, Olusola was an accomplished lecturer at the Department of Building in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, for at least two decades.

The deputy governor is also a distinct registered builder who previously held very important positions in state and he is proudly supported by his boss, Fayose, to succeed him as governor.

Kolapo Olusola

Akinloye Aiyegbusi – Social Democratic Party (SDP)

Mr Ayegbusi was an Executive Director at Eco Bank Plc. before he joined politics this year. During his recent appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, he explained why he thinks he is the best candidate for the job. He is also a strong believer in governance by the young generation.

Akinloye Aiyegbusi


Segun Adewale – Action Democratic Party (ADP)

Mr Adewale is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist popularly known as Aeroland. He is also a grassroots politician in Lagos State and a native of Ipoti-Ekiti in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

He defected to the PDP in 2011 to run for the Federal House of Representative, Alimosho Federal Constituency but lost the election to Solomon Olamilekan Adeola of the then Action Congress of Nigeria.

Segun Adewale

Bisi Omoyeni – Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN)

Mr Omoyeni is once a deputy to Governor Fayose. He is also a former Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Wema Bank Plc. He is an indigene of Ikere, an ancient community in Ekiti.

Bisi Omoyeni

Dare Bejide – Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN)

Mr Bejide is a lawyer and former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He ventured into grassroots politics when the ban on political activities was lifted by the military administration.

The former ambassador was a foundation member of National Republican Convention (NRC) and United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in the old Ondo State, as well as a foundation member of the UNCP and PDP when Ekiti State was created. He left the PDP in March 2018 for PPN to pursue his governorship ambition.

Dare Bejide

Abiodun Aluko – Accord Party

Mr Aluko is a native of Ikere Ekiti and a former deputy governor of the state in the administration of Governor Fayose. He went to Annunciation Grammar School, Ikere Ekiti and later graduated from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife-Ife, in Osun State.

Abiodun Aluko

Bode OlowoporokuNigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP)

Olowoporoku was a former Second Republic Minister of Science and Technology under Usman Shehu Shagari government. He holds a PhD in economics and represented Ekiti South Senatorial District between 2003 and 2007.


Other candidates and their parties are;

Shola Omolola Action Alliance (AA)

Agboola Olaniyi Alliance for Democracy (AD)

David Adesua – African Democratic Congress (ADC)

Lucas Orubuloye All Grassroots Alliance (AGA)

Stephen Oribamise All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP)

Tunde Afe – Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP)

Saheed Jimoh – African Peoples Alliance (APA)

Tope Adebayo – Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA)

Ayodeji Ayodele – All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)

Adegboye Ajayi – Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP)

Olajumoke Saheed – Democratic Alternative (DA)

Olalekan Olanrewaju – Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC)

Yinka Akerele – Democratic Peoples Party (DPP)

Adewale Akinyele – Green Party of Nigeria (GPN)

Sule Ganiyu – Freedom and Justice Movement (FJP)

Tosin Ajibare – Independent Democrats (ID)

Temitope Amuda – KOWA Party

Sikiru Lawal – Labour Party

Olabode Jegede – Mass Movement of Nigeria (MMN)

Oladosu Olaniyan – Northern People’s Congress (NPC)

Babatunde Alegbeleye – National Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP)

Dada Ayoyinka – People for Democratic Change (PDC)

Goke Animashaun – Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA)

Olusegun Adeleye – United Democratic Party (UDP)

Jacob Gboyega – Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN)

Fakorede Ayodeji – Young Democratic Party (YDP)

Omotayo Gabriel – Young Progressives Party (YPP)

Fayose’s Deputy Wins Ekiti PDP Governorship Primary Election

 

The incumbent Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Professor Kolapo Olusola, has emerged candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the Ekiti state governorship election scheduled to hold on July 14, 2018.

Olusola defeated his rival, former Minister of State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye, to emerge winner in the governorship primary election.

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The election which held across all 26 local government areas of the state on Tuesday, had more than 2,100 delegates participate in the exercise.

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The delegates were made up of 1,585 statutory members of the party, and 547 National Ad-Hoc Committee Members.

File Photo- Source: Ekiti State Government

Prior to the election, Governor Fayose had stated alleged plans by some hoodlums to disrupt the exercise.

The allegations came shortly after the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election which held on Saturday ended inconclusively as thugs invaded the venue of the election, breaking ballot boxes.

He, therefore, challenged security agents to do everything necessary to forestall a recurrence of such at his party’s congress.

Southwest PDP Leaders Pass Vote Of Confidence On Makarfi

PDP, Ahmed Makarfi
Senator Ahmed Makarfi

Southwest leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have passed a vote of confidence on the Senator Ahmed Markarfi led Caretaker Committee of the party.

The leaders also promised to give all necessary support to the Committee in restoring the good virtues of the party.

The pledged was one out of the six-point communique issued at the end of the Southwest PDP meeting held on Monday in Ado Ekiti.

The leaders also reposed confidence on the leadership of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose within the region.

In their opening remarks, Governor Fayose and the Southwest National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Eddie Olafeso, highlighted the purpose of the meeting.

At the end of the opening session, the meeting went into a closed door session after which the communique was read by the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Kolapo Olusola.

The meeting was attended by some PDP leaders in southwest Nigeria, including former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Ebenezer Babatope and all State Chairmen of the party in the region.

Governor Fayose Flags Off First Flyover In Ekiti

Governor FayoseGovernor Fayose of Ekiti State has flagged off the construction of the first flyover in Ekiti State.

Speaking at the ceremony on Tuesday, Governor Fayose explained that the flyover, which is going to be about two kilometers, would cost the State Government over 7 billion Naira.

The Governor, who flagged off the flyover in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, also assured the people of adequate supervision of the project as well as availability of fund.

The contractor handling the project, Paul Chamoun, has promised to complete the project within 18 months.

Governor Fayose conducted the flag-off along with his Deputy, Kolapo Olusola and other top government officials.

Traditional rulers as well as some party supporters also graced at the event.

Fayose Withdraws Suit Seeking To Stop His Impeachment 

fayoseGovernor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti has withdrawn the suit seeking to stop the All Progressive Congress’ members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly from impeaching him and his deputy, Kolapo Olusola.

Governor,Fayose and Olusola through their counsel, Ahmed Raji, had approached the court few week ago, requesting that the court should stop the impeachment moves against the governor.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Mr Raji informed  the court of his clients intention to withdraw the case.

The trial judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, consequently struck out the case.

He, however,  did not give any reason for the withdrawal.

However,  a fresh suit on the issue filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members of the State House of Assembly is still pending  before Justice Evoh Chukwu of the same Federal High Court.