By ‘Dotun Akintomide
Dr Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, in the Ekiti governorship election, is coasting home to victory, according to the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission in 16 local councils in the state.
Fayemi, who was governor of the state between 2010 and 2014, has won in 12 councils, including the council of incumbent Ayodele Fayose.
INEC headquarters in Ado-Ekiti is compiling all the results from the local councils and the official announcement will be made later Sunday.
According to reports from local council collation centers, Fayemi had polled 197,193 votes to PDP’s 173,114.
However, Fayemi lost in Ado-Ekiti, where PDP polled 32,810, while APC had 28,111.
Meanwhile, PDP candidate, Prof. Kolapo Oke-Eleka had alleged on Saturday that the various wards collating centres have been taken over by armed thugs backed by security agencies as it was before and during the election.
“Despite the intimidation and harassment by security agencies, we are still hopeful of winning the election but we are confronted with a clear plot to manipulate the results.
“We are therefore calling on all well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the security agencies and INEC to allow the will of Ekiti people to prevail.”