- The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Biodun Oyebanji of APC winner of the 2022 Ekiti governorship election
- He polled a total of 187,057 votes to defeat his two closest challengers – Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP)
- The SDP emerged in second place with total votes of 82,211 while the PDP was third with 67,457 votes
As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) concludes the Ekiti state governorship election, the results so far show a three-horse race between the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Data from the electoral umpire suggest that the state has a total of 988,923 registered voters.
The election took place in 2,445 polling units across 177 registration areas in 16 local government areas of the state.
Sixteen political parties are represented in the contest for the next governor of the state when incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi completes his second term in office later in October.
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Here is the total votes of the top three contestants as announced by INEC.
Meanwhile, the victory would not have been possible without the contribution of some factors.
1. The emergence of SDP from PDP
One of the biggest gains for the ruling APC was the balkanisation of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party. After former governor Fayose insisted on his own candidate as the flag bearer, another former governor of the state, Segun Oni left the party to realise his second term ambition on the platform of the SDP. This move by Oni
2. The Fayemi factor
Being the incumbent governor, Fayemi was instrumental in the victory of the APC in this election. Apart from the fact that Oyebanji was his candidate, Fayemi had the luxury of doing everything possible to make him win.
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Yiaga Africa in its pre-election report made available to Legit.ng on Thursday, June 16 revealed that the electoral body demonstrated commitment and readiness to conducting the 2022 Ekiti governorship election.
The report says successfully implemented activities in the election timetable and schedule of activities.