There was wild jubilation at the Ekiti State Government House yesterday as the state governor, Kayode Fayemi and members of his cabinet celebrated the party's victory in the National Assembly and House of Assembly elections.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) swept three senatorial seats, six House of Representatives and 24 out of the 26 state House of Assembly seats in Tuesday's polls, according to results announced by INEC.
However, the opposition Labour Party and People's Democratic Party have rejected the results.
Ayodele Fayose, LP candidate for Ekiti Central Senatorial District, said in a statement that the election was characterised by open financial inducement of voters and all other malpractices. He said such action contravened the provision of the Electoral Act 2011.
Also, the PDP Director of Communications, Jackson Adebayo alleged that members of the ACN intimidated their members and induced the electorate as well. Mr Adebayo urged the electoral body to investigate cases of ballot-snatching and intimidation of voters that were witnessed on the day of the elections across the state.
Babafemi Ojudu, who is now the senator-elect in Ekiti Central, polled a total vote of 67,747 to defeat the former governor of the State, Ayodele Fayose of the Labour Party and Kayode Alufa of the PDP, who polled 29,773 and 28,488 respectively.
A sweep by the ACN
Bunmi Adetumbi of the ACN, who is now the senator-elect in Ekiti North, polled 58,568 to defeat the incumbent, Ayo Arise of the PDP and Segun Akinwumi of the LP, who recorded 38,422 and 2,055 respectively.
Tony Adeniyi of the ACN polled 70,360 to defeat another incumbent PDP Senator, Sola Akinyede and Biodun Fasakin of the LP, who polled 43,537 and 3,623 respectively in Ekiti South Senatorial District of the State The House of Representatives-elect are: Opeyemi Bamidele in Ekiti Central Federal Constituency 1; Ojo Oyetunde, Ekiti Central Federal Constituency 2; Bamidele Faparusi, Ekiti South Federal Constituency 2; Ife Arowosoge, Ekiti South Federal Constituency 1. Robinson Ajiboye and Bimbo Daramola win in Ekiti North Federal Constituency 2 and 1 respectively.
However, Mr Arise has congratulated Mr Adetumbi over his victory in the election, calling on him to impact positively on the lives of his constituents. Mr Arise, in a statement he personally sent to the Senator-elect at about 11.13pm on Tuesday, said he had accepted the result of the election.
"I have done creditably well and I don't need to be afraid of my future in the politics of this state," he said. "I believe this is the will of God for now and every mortal must abide by it. I remain committed to serving Ekiti at any level and I wish the new person the very best in his future endeavour."