By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Following Saturday’s National Assembly election in Ekiti State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Senator Olubunmi Adetunbi and Prince Dayo Adeyeye of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC),as winners of the poll conducted in the Ekiti North and South Senatorial Districts respectively.
However, result of the Ekiti Central Senatorial District and that of the Ekiti South Federal Constituency 11 is still being awaited as at the time of filing this report.
INEC Returning Officers, Prof. Sunday Abayomi Fasina and Prof. Laide Lawal declared Sen. Adetunmbi and Prince Dayo Adeyeye of the APC the winner of the Ekiti North and South Senatorial District polls.
Sen. Adetunmbi polled 60,689 votes to defeat the incumbent Senator Duro Faseyi of the PDP who scored 49,209 votes.
While Prince Dayo Adeyeye scored 77,621 votes, and the opposition People’s Democratic Party(PDP) candidate, Sen. Biodun Olujimi polled a total of 53,741 votes
Apart from the APC and PDP, the other parties that participated in the election were Democratic Alliance (DA), Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN), NAC and others
The APC candidate won five out of the six local councils that make up the Senatorial District.
However, the candidates of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in both Ekiti South constituency 1 and Ekiti North constituency II, Hon. Yemi Adaramodu and Olarewaju Ibrahim were declared the winner with a wide margin of victory respectively.
Hon. Yemi Adaramodu of the APC emerged the winner with a total number of 41,864 as against the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party(PDP), Mr. Segun Adekola who polled 24, 707.
While All Progressives Congress(APC) candidate in Ekiti North constituency II, Olarewaju Ibrahim polled 29,388 votes against the PDP flagbearer, Arch. Olusola Omotosho who garnered 23,684 votes.
Meanwhile,the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has said he remained grateful to God for the peaceful conduct of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in the State.
He also expressed gratitude to Ekiti people for their peaceful conduct during the election, thereby making the conduct of the election peaceful and orderly in the state.
Governor Fayemi spoke at the Government House Chapel,Ado-Ekiti,the State capital on Sunday,where he worshiped along with Prince Dayo Adeyeye (Senator-Elect for Ekiti Central District) and Hon. Sola Fatoba (member –Elect, House of Representatives Ekiti Central 1) and Prof.Dupe Adelabu,a former Deputy Governor of the state.
The Governor,who recalled that the congregation had two weeks ago, prayed for the peaceful conduct of the general elections in Ekiti State, said God had indeed answered the prayers of the people as the elections were held in a peaceful atmosphere in the state.
He,however sympathised with families of victims of election violence as reported in some parts of the country,while urging Nigerians to always seek for peace at all time,
Governor Fayemi also urged winners in the election to be humble and focus on service delivery.
He advised them to see their victory as a product of God’s grace and not as a result of their power or might.
“We have every reason to thank God for the peaceful conduct of the election in Ekiti State. Two weeks ago, the congregation here raised prayer points concerning the peaceful conduct of the election in our state. And God indeed answered our prayers.
“The elections held in a peaceful atmosphere in Ekiti. We pray for the repose of the lives lost during the election in some parts of the country and pray that peace will reign supreme in the country.
“While I rejoice with the winners, I will also urge them to be humble realising that they could not have won by their power or might but by God’s grace.
“Validation by God and the people in itself is an admonition to continue to do good, and to exhibit generosity of spirit”, he added.