By Wisdom Peter,
According to report reaching Brainnewsradio, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday night declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Raheem Olawuyi Ajuloopin, as winner of the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke- Ero Federal constituency by-election in Kwara state.
As the report states, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Prof. Abimbola Adesoji while announcing the results said, Ajuloopin scored 21,236 votes as against 18,095 votes scored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Saheed Damilare Alatise, and that the Labour Party had 150 votes; just as the PPN had 76 votes while UPN had 42 votes, while out of the 40,930 total votes cast, the total valid votes were 39,599 while 1,331 votes were rejected.
APC candidates are reported to have won in three out of the four local governments in the constituency and led with 3,142 votes.
While in Katsina;
Alhaji Abubakar Kusada, the APC candidate was declared by INEC as the winner of the bye-election into the House of Representatives, as announced by the Returning Officer, Prof. Adedayo Hamza saying Kusada scored 48,518 votes to emerge winner, while Alhaji Abdussamad Yusuf of PDP came second with 20,193 votes, Nasiru Kankiya of the Peoples Redemption Party scored 1,810 votes as second runner-up, Abdullahi Umar of the Yes Electorate Solidarity got 221 votes.
The Election was conducted in the Kankiya/Kusada/Ingawa Federal constituency in Katsina state on Saturday.
The Returning Officer, Hamza said the total number of registered voters in the constituency is 193,904, while the number of accredited voters was 74,242 and The number of valid votes cast was 70,742 and rejected votes 2,331. The total number of votes cast was 73,073.
The Source informed Brainnewsradio that Mr. Festus Okoye, The INEC National Commissioner advised political parties to intensify voter education and management of polling units and also commended the political parties, security agencies, media men and other stakeholders for the peaceful conduct of the by-election.