How APC, Buhari lost all Ekiti local governments

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has won all 16 local government areas in Ekiti in Saturday’s Presidential Election. The results of the election announced at the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday showed the opposition All Progressive Congress coming a respectable second.

Though it lost in every local government area, LGA, it put up a better showing than it did nine months ago during the state gubernatorial election in terms of the percentage of the total votes it got. The APC trailed the PDP with 56,134 votes in the presidential election.

Following the frontal and often controversial role played by the Governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, in the campaign for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, Ekiti State was listed among the potential flashpoints in the election. However, the election was generally peaceful across the state as voters went about exercising their civil responsibility with minimal intimidation or violence.

In contrast to the lull in the town on the eve of the election, turnout for the poll was impressive. Election materials arrived polling units on time and there were minimal cases of card reader failure.

Speaking on the conduct of the election, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun, said he was impressed with the conduct of the election in the state.

“The election has been wonderful in Ekiti State and everything went smoothly,” he said.

The major violent clash in the state occurred at Ikere-Ekiti where one Jide was shot in the back allegedly by thugs led by the state Deputy Governor, Olubunmi Olusola – Eleka. But the PDP denied that it has anything to do with the incident. Spokesperson to the governor of the state, Lere Olayinka, said it was the deputy governor who was attacked by alleged APC thugs. The collation officer of Ikere said the incident happened before the election commenced.

“No report of any incident and the celebrated incident in Ikere happened before the election commenced,” he said while announcing the resulting from the LGA.

When PREMIUM TIMES arrived the town later on Saturday afternoon, voters behaved orderly and there were no cases of confrontation or fracas. The PDP polled 14,091 votes from the local government as opposed to 7,990 polled by the APC.

There was also report of clashes in Gboyin LGA where five polling units were vandalized. In Ayesogba, voting was not conclusive. Voters were attacked midway into voting and the election in the area was suspended.

In Moba LGA, hoodlums attacked voters with guns, cutlasses and other weapons at a ward in Osan, the Collation Officer of the area said. Irregularities were also reported in Oye LGA. The collating officer said there was over voting in Unit 11 Ward 11. The number of voters accredited was 209 but 403 votes were recorded. The result of the unit was subsequently cancelled. Unit 2 and 6 Obadare in Ekiti East LGA were cancelled for over voting.

The original result sheet sent from Ijero was not submitted at the collating centre. The Collating Officer and other INEC adhoc staff claimed they managed to escape with the duplicate copies after their lives were threatened. The collating officer said he was almost stabbed and shot by hoodlums who attacked him at the collating centre after trouble started when copies of the final result sheet were insufficient to go round among the security agencies and party agents. However, agents of the PDP and APC said there was no fight between them and the election went well peacefully in the local government. They said party agents only argued among themselves following demands for additional result sheets.

When asked what will happen to the result of Ijero following the inability of the Collating Officer to present the original result sheet, Mr Olujimi said the matter is being looked into.

“We have guidelines and specific rules that govern the conduct of election. Very few places were affected by the fracas. The original copy is being retrieved,” he said.

Read the breakdown of the Ekiti election results in our live updates here


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  • aisha ani

    I don’t understand these people, but to each his own.

  • Gidi

    Well, Mr. Ibekwe, you’ve just done a poor job educating your readers. We knew APC lost in Ekiti, that is no news, given your paper reported it this morning. However, what you ought to have done is provide more analysis putting the loss in big picture, a la INEC electoral rules for the Presidency. What percentage of electoral vote does APC need to meet INEC criteria? Do they suffer heavy loss, that is, not getting up to 25% needed?

    Reading your article neither educate your readers nor provide context needed to put things in perspective. I believe you can do better. Next time, don’t just tell us about the loss, but tell us about how the loss affect APC or PDP chances of winning the presidency. Does APC get enough vote (25%) to meet INEC first criteria for Presidential election? We want more intelligent news analysis not beer parlor version.

  • abodes_124

    My Penny’s worth is that having gathered 25% plus across the South west states plus Edo state Buhari CAN win and the race is now truly neck and neck. I think it will all now hinge on who gets the largest number of votes.

  • Simeon

    Fayose is able to rig ekiti elections again. These ekitis are a bunch of yahuns to allow thug like fayose to perfect another rigging again. It seemed the same INEC commissioner who rigged the election for him was also in charge this time. He was also able to compromise many of the APC polling agents to do the bidding of PDPigs. If the money is right Nigerian especially the ekitiman will flip in a second. Why a shame

    • olomitutu

      Bcos fayose remain the best politician in Yoruba land even in Nigeria as all, I know you people will not agree the truth about fayose but he remain the king of politician in Nigeria he know the game and he know how to mobilize his people in ekiti a man who know how to defeat incumbent 2 time and he really show himself again in this new result of ekiti. Look let me tell you something about fayose ok, this is a man that normally seeking for a post and when he gain the post he deliver God assignment to the people of ekiti and when he gain the post he think about 2moro But other will think that gaining the post is by their power and is their personal achievement, apc is a party of ignorant why, is Bcos the immediate past governor fayemi gain the post and take ekiti people for granted thinking that is a personal achievement of him he forgot of 22moro

      • dareolu1

        Yeah, I stll remember his last tenure, he constructed a poultry with billions yet they had no chicken, he locked a towns oba in his car booth for offending him, he cancelled the college of Medicine in UNAD when he had an argument with the provost whom he told should name it department of medicine becasue they were needing too much money for been called a college…the politician that f00lish Nigerians need indeed!

  • Oranmiyan

    Whenever PDP wins, the election must have been rigged. Nigerians we hail thee!

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  • El Niño

    The sons of Esau(Ekiti) have voted with their stomach, all you will get in the next four years is stomach infrastructures while the rest of the country which voted for physical development/structures will move steps forward.