JUST IN: EKITI 2018!!! Total Confusion As Both Kayode Fayemi, And Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, Claim Massive Victory In The Ekiti State Governorship Election

By Post-Nigeria: July 15, 2018 08:01

JUST IN: EKITI 2018!!! Total Confusion As Both Kayode Fayemi, And Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, Claim Massive Victory In The Ekiti State Governorship Election

The two frontline contenders in Saturday’s Ekiti State Governorship election, Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Professor Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have predicted victory to their sided, even as votes were still being counted.

The two candidates, who claimed that they were each coasting to victory, accused each other of trying to interfere with the process, to their own advantage.

As at the time of going to Press, on Saturday night, results of the election, seen as a contest between Fayemi and Olusola, were still trickling in, with some showing that the race was still too close to call.

However, as at Saturday evening, the two camps were already claiming an edge in the polls.

The candidate of the APC, Fayemi, through the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, called on the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, the main backer of Olusola in the election, to stop nursing any plan to use thugs to abort the electoral will of people, as expressed through the ballot in the poll.

In a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of the Organisation, Wole Olujobi, it said that it was too late to abort the will of the people as freely expressed in the July 14 election, which it said Fayemi was clearly in an early lead.

“Information at our disposal indicates that Fayose is mobilizing his thugs to invade the collation centre, to disrupt the conclusion of the election in which Fayemi is coasting home to victory”, it said.

“The attention of the world and indeed Nigerians is hereby called to the plot by Fayose, to stoke violence at collation centres, to disrupt the conclusion of this free and fair exercise, through which Ekiti people have spoken in a clear language to have Fayemi as the Governor of their choice.

“We call on Security Agencies to be alert to their responsibility, to stop this sabotage against the nation’s law.

“The Nigerian law has spoken, and Ekiti people have spoken too, and so we want to let Fayose realise that this attempt to abort this legal process will fail”, Olujobi added.

The PDP candidate, Olusola, also raised an alarm over alleged plans to tinker with results of the election.

His Campaign Spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, disclosed that results in most of the Local Councils were being altered.

“Aside the fact that it was an election of the PDP versus all the Security Agencies in the country, we are confident of winning”, he said, alleging that various Wards Collating Centres have been taken over by armed thugs, backed by Security Agencies, as it was before and during the election.

“Despite the intimidation and harassment by Security Agencies, we are still hopeful of winning the election, but we are confronted with a clear plot to manipulate the results.

“We are therefore, calling on all wellmeaning Nigerians to prevail on the Security Agencies and INEC, to allow the will of Ekiti people to prevail”, he noted.

The PDP, also cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against accepting or announcing any result that does not reflect the true votes cast at Polling Centres.

The party in a statement yesterday, said that any attempt to do so would be a direct call for crisis.

“The people of Ekiti State already know the results that have been declared at the Polling Centres, and as such, know whether the tide is flowing at every level of the Ekiti electioneering process.

“The PDP has however, noted how some compromised INEC officials are allowing the hirelings of the APC to attack and chase away our party’s agents at the Collation Centres, particularly in our electoral areas of stronghold.

“PDP, in very strong terms, therefore cautions INEC to be guided, and ensure that it is not pushed by the APC or any interest for that matter, to subvert the will of the people, as that would be a recipe for crisis”, the opposition party said.

Results at some Polling Units indicate that the two major contenders were running neck and neck, even as they have been able to deliver their respective Polling Units. They were also showing strongly in their strongholds.

The results show that the exercise was keenly contested between Fayemi and Olusola, in most of the Polling Units visited.

At Unit 11, in Ado Ereguru, Ward 12, Unit 4, the PDP scored 86 votes, while the APC scored 78. But in Ologbosere compound/ Igbehin, the APC got 71 votes, while the PDP scored 125 votes.

At Famuyibo Unit 3, Ward 12, the PDP polled 121 votes, the APC polled 120. At Sasere Ward 12 Unit 1, the tally showed the PDP with 133 votes, while the APC has 201.

Also at Ward 12, Unit 007 in Ado, the APC had 148 votes, against the PDP with 69 votes. The APC also defeated the PDP at Jimba Omo Aluko Ward 12, Unit 5, where it scored 148 votes, against PDP’s 78.

At Ogbonowo Ward 12, Unit 8, the PDP had 100 votes, while the APC scored 130 votes. But in Ward 12 Unit 9 Ado Ekiti, the PDP turned the table against the APC, scoring 138 votes, while the APC, 186 votes.

However, the APC scored 96 votes against PDP’s 94 votes at Ward 5, Unit 2 of Ado/Ijoka centre.

Also, at Asasa compound Ward 12, Unit 10, the APC had 167 votes against the PDP’s 166.

The APC also showed its presence in Adeyinka Jimba/ Ereguru Ward 9, Unit 8 with 171 votes, against the PDP’s 129 votes.

Nonetheless, the PDP beat the APC at Eleyowo/Ododa Fidado Ward 8, Unit 5, where it had 148 votes, against the APC’s 90 votes.

At Ogoga palace, the PDP had 382 against the APC, which scored 118 votes. Similarly, at Okeruku, the PDP candidate’s polling booth, the party won with 270, against the APC’s 81 votes.

The APC put a stronger showing at Ward 8, Unit 14 Ado, where it got 177, leaving the PDP behind with 130 votes. It repeated a similar feat at Ward 8, Unit 9 Ereguru, where it garnered 171 votes, while the PDP came behind with 127.

The keen contest between the two political parties, was attributed to the fact that the two parties picked their Deputy Governorship candidates from Ado-Ekiti, the most populous city in Ekiti State

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