From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Sunday thanked the people of Ekiti for voting overwhelmingly for all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in the State.
He also expressed gratitude to Ekiti people for their peaceful conduct during the election, thereby making the conduct of the election peaceful and orderly in the state.
Governor Fayemi spoke at the Government House Chapel, Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, where he worshiped along with Prince Dayo Adeyeye (Senator-Elect for Ekiti Central District) and Hon Sola Fatoba (member –Elect, House of Representatives Ekiti Central 1) and Prof Dupe Adelabu, a former Deputy Governor of the state.
The Governor, who recalled that the congregation had two weeks ago, prayed for the peaceful conduct of the general elections in Ekiti State, said God had indeed answered the prayers of the people as the elections were held in a peaceful atmosphere in the state.
He however sympathised with families of victims of election violence as reported in some parts of the country, while urging Nigerians to always seek for peace at all times.
Governor Fayemi also urged winners in the election to be humble and focused on service delivery. He advised them to see their victory as a product of God’s grace and not as a result of their power or might.
“We have every reason to thank God for the peaceful conduct of the election in Ekiti State. Two weeks ago, the congregation here raised prayer points concerning the peaceful conduct of the election in our state. And God indeed answered our prayers.
“The elections were held in a peaceful atmosphere in Ekiti. We pray for the repose of the lives lost during the election in some parts of the country and pray that peace will reign supreme in the country.
“While I rejoice with the winners, I will also urge them to be humble realising that they could not have won by their power or might but by God’s grace.
“Validation by God and the people in itself is an admonition to continue to do good, and to exhibit generosity of spirit”, he added.
Adefisoye wins Idanre/Ifedore Reps
By Olusola Alatise
The Not Too Young To Run bill signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari has recorded its first dividend in Ondo State during the last Saturday election as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC , has declared the youngest of all the candidates for the House of Representatives, Idanre /Ifedore Federal Constituency, Tajudeen Adefisoye as winner.
Adefisoye of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) defeated all the known big guns who contested under the platform of other popular political parties against him in an election adjudged to be free, fair and credible
Adefisoye polled 16,186 to defeat the former Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade who polled 14,191 votes and the incumbent Reps member, Bamidele Baderinwa who came third.
Adefisoye who won in almost all the 112 polling units in Idanre also won massively in Ifedore including the polling unit of the incumbent.
Adefisoye who hails from Idanre, the community also paraded other three of its indigenes as candidates who contested the election under the platform of the Action Alliance, Sunday Akinwalire, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Kayode Akinmade and Social Democratic Party, SDP, Tajudeen Adefisoye.
Adefisoye however was said to have a deep pocket and deployed same generously to mobilise his people for the exercise.
Our correspondents who monitored the election gathered that money played a major factor in determining who won the election.
Another major issue which might have influenced the outcome of the election could be a fact that the slot of Idanre /Ifedore House of Representatives seat is supposed to be rotated between Idanre and Ifedore. This has not been the case as Idanre indigene had only been elected once since the advent of the present democratic dispensation while Ifedore indigenes had been elected four times including the incumbent which Idanres felt it was unjust.
They must have seen the election as a pay back to elect their own as well.
The Reps elect though not sponsored by a major political party, the 34 years old popularly called ‘Small Alhaji’ did not leave any stone unturned as he campaigned vigorously across all the nooks and crannies of the federal constituency.
The dogged Adefisoye who was an All Progressives Congress aspirants in 2015 dammed the consequences by contesting on the platform of Social Democratic Party and won massively
A graduate of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti has won many Awards including the 2018 Ondo State NUJ Man of the year among others
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