The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Dr Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the July 14 governorship election, to enable him to return to the Ekiti State Government House in October, to continue his job, where he left off in 2014.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan and Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, said he had satisfied the requirement of the law by polling the highest lawful votes in the election.
This development is coming four years after Fayemi was massively rigged out of office by the Goodluck Jonathan-era Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Fayemi polled 197, 459 to beat Prof. Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party who scored 178,121 votes.
Olayinka said the total number of registered voters was 909,585 while 405,861 were accredited to vote.
However, a total of 403,451 votes were cast with 384,594 votes counted as valid while 18,857 votes were rejected, as invalid.
With the results from all the 16 local government areas in the state, Fayemi defeated his closest rival, Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in 12 LGAs.
The election, which witnessed large turnout of voters, the early arrival of the INEC staff and supervisors of INEC at polling units, also received commendation on the conduct of security personnel.
Though the election was generally peaceful across the state, there was large-scale vote-buying by supporters of the two major political parties. There were also few cases of ballot box snatching.
Voting materials arrived early in many polling units across the state while voters conducted themselves well during the accreditation process.
Commenting on the INEC improved effort, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Abdulganiy Raji said while some card readers malfunctioned, the incidences remained marginal.