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Saturday poll: INEC declares Sanwo-Olu, Dapo Abiodun, Seyi Makinde winners

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday declared Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), and Seyi Makinde (Oyo), the winners of Saturday’s governorship election.

Sanwo-Olu was re-elected after polling the highest number of votes in the governorship election announced at INEC’s collation centre in Yaba, Lagos.

The governor was declared the winner with 762,134 votes while his closest rival, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party, polled 312,329 votes. The PDP candidate, Olajide Adediran, came third with 62,449 votes.

Sanwo-Olu won in 19 LGAs, while Rhodes-Vivour emerged victorious in Amuwo Odofin LGA, as announced by the Returning Officer, Adenike Oladiji, who is the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.

Earlier, Oladiji said, “This place is a collation centre and what that then means is that we will be collating results as they have come from the different LGAs from the polling units.

“What that means is we do not generate results and that means we are given to influence anything here. We only collate what comes to us and to ensure that we do it correctly, what we do is to test the correctness of values as the results are announced.”

The total number of votes cast was 1,123,302, while 16,798 votes were rejected votes and the total number of valid votes was 1,107,248

During the announcement, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, urged that elections should not be seen as a do-or-die affair, adding that he received a number of threats during the election.

He said, “It is very strange that at this time in Nigeria, we still see elections as a do-or-die affair but elections should not be seen as do-or-die affairs.

“Our role is to midwife elections and we expect politicians to collaborate with us to do a good job. The issue of snatching ballot boxes is not good at all. Even if it is happening, it shouldn’t happen in Lagos.”
Governor Abiodun secured a second term in office after polling 276,298 votes to defeat his PDP opponent, Oladipupo Adebutu, who scored 262,383 votes and 12 other candidates.

In the same vein, the returning officer in Ogun State, Prof. Kayode Adebowale declared Abiodun as the winner at the collation centre of the commission in the state.

According to him, the total number of registered voters was 2,688,305, while accredited voters were 666,406.

He said 645,133 votes were valid while 18,835 votes were rejected out of the 663,968 total votes cast.

Meanwhile, also, Makinde of the PDP was declared the winner of the governorship poll in Oyo State after Polling 563,756 votes to beat his closest rival, Teslim Folarin of the All Progressive Congress scored 256,685 votes while Adebayo Adelabu of the Accord Party came third with 8,357 votes.

Speaking to newsmen after he won the re-election, Makinde said he was overwhelmed by the show of love showered on him by the people of the state.

Also in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, the governor was joined by his wife, Tamunominimin and flanked by family members, friends and associates while celebrating the victory at his Ikolaba residence in Ibadan.

He thanked the good people of the state for the confidence reposed in his administration and his ability to lead them.

Makinde speaks Makinde said, “The incoming administration which is tagged Omituntun 2.0, is a film that will be a lot better, sweeter and more effective when compared to Omituntun 1.0.

“Right now, I am just overwhelmed. I want to thank the good people of the state for the confidence they have reposed in this administration and my ability to lead them.’’

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