PDP Clears 25 Assembly Seats Out Of 26 In S'West Ekiti

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                                                     Hon Opeyemi Bamidele
 
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has cleared all the 25 out of the 26 seats in the state House of Assembly officially declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
 
The results of the Ilejemeje constituency was cancelled due to pervasive violence in the area during the poll and the INEC is yet to determine when  to conduct fresh election in the area.
 
The official results received from INEC indicated as follows: Ado I, APC 3,189, LP 1,110, 10,065,  Ado 2 constituency, the PDP scored 11,770 as against APC 4,660 and LP 301, Efon, PDP 5,637 beating APC and LP with 1,320 and 135 respectively,Ekiti East 1, PDP also won with 5,289, to beat APC 3,230,  Ekiti East 2, PDP has 6,601 against APC 4,302 and LP 283, Ekiti West 1, PDP 6,531 against APC 3,601 and LP 1,272,  Ekiti West 2, PDP scored 2,844 while the APC scored 2,505. In Ekiti South West 1, the PDP polled 4,413, APC 2,853 and LP 1,121,  Ekiti South West 2, the PDP polled 4,118, APC 1,538, LP 1,538.
 
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In Emure, APC 3,230, LP 2,674 and PDP 5,664, Gbonyin APC 5,627, LP 169, PDP 8,140,  Ido Osi 1, APC 2,928, LP 461, PDP 7,365, Ido Osi 2, APC 2,269, LP 216, PDP 4,362,Ijero APC 6,759, LP 965, PDP 11,867, Ikere 1 APC 3,091, LP7, PDP 7,244, Ikere 2 APC 3,401, LP 12, PDP 6,570, Ikole 1: APC 4,421, LP 133, PDP 7,886,Irepodun/Ifelodun 1: APC 2,708, LP 158, PDP 6,652, Ise Orun APC 4,235, LP 765, PDP 9,123,  Moba 1: APC 3,246, LP 379, PDP 4,975, Moba 2: APC 2,373, LP 2,202, PDP 3,165, Oye 1: APC 4,334, LP 21, PDP 4,635, Oye 2: APC 4,505, LP 4, PDP 5,330.
 
Meanwhile, the state chapter of the Labour Party (LP) has accused INEC of robbing the party of four assembly seats during the last Saturday’s House of Assembly election in the state.
 
A chieftain of the party, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, who spoke with journalists in Ado Ekiti, said the alleged fraud was perpetrated in Moba constituencies I and II , Emure and Ekiti South Constituency I.  The LP chieftain said the party would challenge the outcome of the results at the election petition tribunal, saying the party has evidence to prove its case.
 
Also lambasting the INEC officials over what he called  conspiracy against his party, Bamidele said: “In two of these constituencies, particularly in Moba  II, the Electoral Officers had declared the LP candidate, Bolarinwa Pius Oluyomi  the winner of the election, only for him to now go to an unknown destination and changed the results, even when our supporters were already jubilating.
 
“Also in Moba I, the results collated from the wards gave victory to our candidate, Mr Julius Adebiyi . But when the final collation was to take place, some PDP members brought soldiers to the venue and drove the people away and changed the results in favour of the PDP. The same frauds were perpetrated  in Emure and Ekiti South West constituency I, where our candidates, Messrs Paul Awopetu and Benedict Oluyemo were robbed of their victories,” he said.
 
However, the INEC Public Relations Officer, Mr. Taiwo Gbadegesin, who refuted the allegation, said “It is not true. The results in all the constituencies were  counted in the presence of the party agents from the units to the local government level and were duly signed.
 
“The hoodlums wanted to hijack the process in the constituencies but they  were chased away by police and other security agencies. So, no results were falsified by our Electoral Officers. What we declared were authentic. We used soldiers to provide security at the collation centre and they did not participate in counting.”
 
Also, the APC in Ekiti State has rejected weekend House of Assembly elections, saying the exercise fell short of free and fair elections, vowing to challenge the result at the tribunal.
 
The state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said in a statement that there were cases of alleged intimidation by policemen and thugs deployed to polling units across the state by Governor Ayo Fayose.
 
In his reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Idowu Adelusi, described the opposition  as bad losers.
 
“APC people are bad losers. Like I always say, if APC wins election, that  election is perfect, if APC is defeated, the election has been rigged by the winner. In the imagination of APC, it is either the soldiers or the police rigged for the PDP,  or that thugs were deployed, which locked the APC members in their houses, so that they couldn’t  come out to vote.”
 
Source: Thisday
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