Oyebanji is new Ekiti State governor, amidst allegation of vote buying

Biodun Oyebanji

The anointed candidate of the sitting governor of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji, has emerged as the winner of the governorship election in the state.

He contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

The APC candidate polled a total of 187,057 votes to defeat its closest rival, Segun Oni of the SDP, who got 82,211 votes.

The PDP candidate got 67,457 votes in an election that was contested with 13 other parties.

This announcement was made by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the early hours of today (Sunday).

The Returning Officer for the Ekiti 2022 poll, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, announced the results after the votes were sorted and counted.

Adebowale is the Vice-Chancellor, the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.

He said, “Oyebanji, having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected as the governor-elect of Ekiti State.”

Of the 360,753 votes cast, a total of 351,865 were said to be valid votes in the election.

However, there were allegations of vote buying, with some party loyalists paying each prospective voters between ₦5,000 and ₦10,000.

This medium gathered some arrests were made by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The agent of the ADP in the election said, “Instead of having polling centres, what we have in Ekiti are vote-buying centres.”

The agent of SDP, Owoseeni Ajayi, did not sign the forms for the votes cast.












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