The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has won the Ekiti State governorship election.
According to results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, Fayemi defeated the Deputy Governor of the state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Professor Kolapo Olusola, in the keenly contested poll.
Based on the votes secured, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the election, Professor Idowu Olayinka, named Fayemi the winner.
The former Minister was victorious in 11 out of the 16 local government areas of the state, polling 197,459 votes, and edging out his closest rival Olusola who got 178,121 votes by 19,338 votes.
Professor Olayinka declared “that John Olukayode Fayemi of the APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected”.
The victory puts Mr Fayemi on course for a second term as governor of the state, an ambition he failed to achieve in 2014 when he lost to Governor Ayodele Fayose.
After voting yesterday, the former Ekiti governor told reporters he was confident of victory at the end of the day.
And though it was a close contest marred by heavy police presence across the state, he and the APC prevailed.
The PDP has yet to respond to the result announced by INEC.