APC wins Ekiti Assembly supplementary election

By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti


The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the Saturday House of Assembly supplementary election in Ekiti State, Mr Fawekun Abiodun Babatunde has been declared winner of the exercise.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier declared inconclusive election into Ido/Osi State Constituency I and disclosed its intention to conduct the exercise on of April 15, 2023.

The Ekiti INEC in a statement signed by its Head of Voter Education and Publicity, Temitope Akanmu, said Fawekun polled 4,764 votes to defeat his closest rival, Fadahunsi Muyiwa Ishola, of Social Democratic Party, SDP who scored 4,204 votes.

However, the turnout of residents of Ido-Ekiti in Ido-Osi Local Government Area during the conduct of the exercise was low.

Units three , eight and fourteen in ward one in Ido-Ekiti were the only units where the election was holding as at 1:30pm.

The staff of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were effective in carrying out their duties, while the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) was functioning properly at the various units.

The security agencies such as the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC),; Nigerian Military and Amotekun Corps were seen patrolling various polling units to maintain law and orders.

Reacting, the Chairman of Ido-Osi Local Government Area, Dr Lawrence Ogunsina, said that the election process has been free, fair and credible since the the voting started 8.00am.

The chairman said the turnout of voters was low because there are only three polling units that are majorly concerned in the supplementary election.

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He commended the security agencies for their diligent operations to ensure rancor free election and to also maintain peaceful environment.

” The election so far has been peaceful, free and fair, the turnout was low but I believe it is because it concerned only polling units three.

“The BIVAS has been functioning properly and the INEC staff has been very active, efficient in discharging their duties at the three polling units.

” I want to also commend our security agencies for the good job they are currently undergoing in Ido-Osi Local Government, they are fully available to maintain orderliness and peace,” he said.

The general environment of the nook and cranny of Ido-Ekiti was peaceful during the conduct of the exercise, voting and accreditation started 8.00am.

The indigenes and residents were busy with their daily business while the town was relatively quiet in some quarters of the town.

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