👤 By Moshood Olawale
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has issued Certificates of Return to Kayode Fayemi, the winner of the recently concluded Governorship election in Ekiti.
Dr Fayemi, a former Governor and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, defeated his closest opponent, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The Governor-elect and Bisi Egbeyemi, the Deputy Governor-elect received a total vote of 197, 459 in an election that was myrred by heavy use of force and vote buying.
The two were both issued their certificate of return by the electoral body today at the INEC State Office Pavilion in Ado-Ekiti.
Speaking at the presentation of Certificate of Return, Solomon Soyemi, INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Osun, Ekiti and Oyo states said: “Today marks the end of the election in Ekiti State on the part of the Commission which is the presentation of Certificates of Return to the governor-elect and the deputy governor-elect.
“If there are issues arising from the election, there is another arm of government that will take care of that. This is another important day in the history of the state.”
The PDP candidate who received 178,121 votes, has since rejected the results and has promised to challenge it at the Court.
The stance of the PDP was made known in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.
Mr Ologbondiyan said “The PDP has rejected 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 a 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 a very comfortable margin over the APC candidate, only for INEC to allow the alteration of results at the collation centers.
“Painfully, the people of Ekiti state were pillaged, openly brutalized, confronted with the worst form of cruelty and intimidation from security agencies, and their mandate, which they freely gave to the PDP, was snatched at ‘gunpoint’ by enemies of democracy, who are parading themselves as icons of anti-corruption.
“Nigerians are witnesses to all manipulations by the APC, aided by security agencies and compromised INEC officials, to rig the election, particularly, the audacious alteration and substitution of election results in favour of the APC at the collation centers amidst the brutalization of our agents.”