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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bode Olowoporoku – Nigeria 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.
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.
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.