•As PDP rejects results, sets for tribunal
From Ayodele Samuel, Ado Ekiti and Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The governor-elect of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has described his victory in
Saturday’s governorship election as “one for reclaiming the land and restoring Ekiti values.”
Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was officially declared winner of Saturday’s governorship election by the Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Idowu Abel Olayinka at 7.59 am on Sunday.
Fayemi is expected to take over from the incumbent, Mr Ayo Fayose, on Oct. 16, 2018.
The declaration of Fayemi as winner threw APC faithful at the state collation centre into a frenzy mood, chanting “APC Change! APC change! APC change!”
The declaration also sparked wild jubilation in many towns and communities across Ekiti State.
Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Idowu Abel Olayinka, declared that Fayemi polled 197, 459 votes to defeat the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate and incumbent Deputy Governor, Professor Kolapo Olusola who garnered 178, 121 votes.
According to Olayinka, total number of valid votes cast is 394, 594. Total number of rejected votes is 18, 857; while total number of votes cast is 403, 451.
Fayemi, while addressing newsmen in Isan-Ekiti, shortly after he was declared the winner of the governorship election, said “The victory of this election, I believe, is for reclaiming the land and restoring the values of our people.
“Our values in Ekiti are respect for our leaders, commitment to our people, not brigandage, not criminality and so on.
“This victory is a victory for all. It is not a victory for only Gov. Kayode Fayemi, it is a victory for all the Ekiti people.”
Fayemi also described his victory as significant to the future of democracy in Nigeria.
“This was just not an Ekiti election. I want people to understand that this election has a lot of significance to the future of democracy in Nigeria.
“The fact that we have witnessed a free, fair and transparent election process has huge importance for similar exercises like Osun State, next door to us, and eventually the national elections in February 2019,” he said.
Few hours later, the State chapter of the PDP has rejected the results, saying the election was marred by irregularities and attacks of its members and supporters.
The party’s agent at the collation centre, Mr Sunday Olowolafe, urged the commission to stay action on the declaration of a winner until a re-run was conducted, where there were established cases of violence, vote-buying and ballot snatching.
Equally, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has yesterday rejected the outcome of the Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State.
The party, which described the outcome of the election as “concorted” by APC, INEC and security agencies, disclosed that it is already collating all the infractions in the election and shall, within the possible time frame, make its next step to reclaim its stolen mandate public.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan made these known at a press conference titled ‘The PDP Cannot Be Crushed’.
The party categorically declared that the results of the Ekiti State governorship election were falsified; and as such were unacceptable to it.
According to Ologbondiyan, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejects in its entirety the results concocted by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies, in the governorship election in Ekiti state and declared by INEC.
“The party rejects the falsified results and declaration of APC candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to be the winner of the election, as a daylight robbery, a brazen subversion of the will of the people and direct assault on our democracy.
“From the authentic results flowing directly from the polling centers across the state, it is clear that the PDP candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, incontrovertibly won the election, with very comfortable margin over the APC candidate, only for INEC to allow the alteration of results at the collation centers.
“The PDP has the details of all the polling units where we won, mostly
with very wide margin ahead of the APC, only for the security agencies to chase away our agents, then aid the alteration and swapping of such results with those smuggled in by the APC at the collation centers.
“We have the detail of the discrepancies between the authentic results from the polling units and the false figures eventually announced by INEC.
“This bare-faced subversion of the will of the people is a clear recipe for crisis and we invite Nigerians and the international community to hold President Buhari, the APC, the INEC Chairman and heads of security agencies in Nigeria responsible should there be any breakdown of law and order in Ekiti state as a result of this election.
“Let it be known to all that, surely, this electoral banditry will not stand. The PDP is already collating all the infractions in this election and within the possible timeframe, we shall make our next step to reclaim our stolen mandate public,” it declared.