Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ayo Fayose. has secured a landslide victory with a total of 203,090 out of the 350,256 votes cast in Saturday’s governorship election.
Announcing this on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, the returning officer for the election, Isaac Asuzu, said Fayose beat his rival from the All Progressive Congress, APC, Kayode Fayemi, who is the incumbent governor of the state with 82,657 votes.
Fayemi, the incumbent governor, polled 120,433 votes, while Labour Party candidate, Opeyemi Bamidele had 18,135 votes.
The electoral commissioner said Fayose won the election in all the 16 local government areas of the state, scoring about 57.9 per cent of the total vote cast.
In his remarks through his chief press officer, Idowu Adelusi, the governor-elect dedicated his victory to the people of the state, saying it reflectes the wishes of the people.
He promised to improve the living standards of the people by providing job opportunities and making education affordable.
Also reacting, the Labour Party candidate said, “I am not desperate to be governor”, adding that he remained a credible alternative for the position of governor in the state.
On his part, the chief press secretary to Governor Fayemi, Yinka Oyebode, said that his boss would react to the outcome of the election at the appropriate time.
Meanwhile, the Presidency has sent congratulatory message to Fayose in a statement issued by his special adviser on media and publicity, Reuben Abati.
The president also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as well as the security agencies and the people of Ekiti over the peaceful conduct of the election which he said is in line with the administration’s commitment to ensuring that elections in all parts of the country are progressively freer, fairer and more credible.
The statement read, “As Fayose readies himself to assume office in fulfillment of the clearly expressed wish of his people, President Jonathan urges him to be humble and magnanimous in victory”.
President Jonathan also urged the governor-elect to commit himself to forming an administration that will work for the advancement of the interests of all Ekiti people irrespective of their political affiliations or loyalties.
Altogether, 18 parties fielded candidates in the election which held in 177 wards.