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6 Lessons Learned in Ekiti State Governorship Election

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Ekiti is a state in western Nigeria, declared a state on 1st of October 1996 alongside five other states in the country by the military under the dictatorship of General Sani Abacha. As one of the newest states of the Nigerian federation, it was carved out of the territory of old Ondo State, and covers the former 12 local government areas that made up the Ekiti Zone of old Ondo State. On creation, it had 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs), having had an additional four carved out of the old ones. Ekiti State is one of the 36 states (inc. Federal Capital Territory (Nigeria)) that constitute Nigeria (source: Wikipedia).

2018 Ekiti state governorship election has come and gone. However, there’re many lessons to learn from the election, which will be helpful for all that care about politics in the western region, perhaps Nigeria as a whole.

Some of lessons learned in the Ekiti state’s governorship election.

 

1. People votes count:  unlike what most elections in Nigeria use to be – political parties and their candidates bringing out results from their room and announce to the world; people’s votes are gradually beginning to count.

2. Incumbent not absolute strength for winning:  Since returning of democratic system of government in Nigeria in 1999, what we are accustomed to is a ruling party returning back to the seat (re-elected).  Apart from presidential election that brought APC into No.1 seat in Nigeria; now, Ekiti state’s governorship election has further shown that is no longer business as usual.

3. Voters need to know who they’re to vote in a party:  During the governorship campaign in Ekiti state, the face most voters are seeing in the PDP’s side was that of incumbent governor of the state, Governor Ayo Fayose.  Press releases, actions, political talk’s shows, and publicities, election discussions and dramas all appeared to center around Governor Ayo Fayose, thus distracting voters from studying and understanding the main candidate (Professor Kolapo Olusola ).

4.  Money still plays roles: During Election Day, there are reports from radio stations in Nigeria that political parties offer money to electorates to vote for them. Despite enlightenments that people should vote a candidate that are more qualified and suitable to handle an office, money is still a major influencer on who to vote for or against.

5. APC and PDP remain the dominant parties:  The most popular and biggest two parties in Nigeria are still the ones gathering major votes. Perhaps because they’re already in power and have more money to spend in election campaigns.

6. Most of the citizens don’t come out to vote:   Most Ekiti state’s residents still don’t see reasons to come out and  vote (909, 585 voters were registered in the state, only 405, 861 were accredited, this is less than the half of the eligible voters). These electorates perhaps not persuaded enough to vote, or not convinced that their votes will count.

 

These are 6 lessons learned in Ekiti state’s governorship election 2018.

See the full list of candidates who took part in the election as announced by the INEC Chief Returning Officer Professor Idowu Olayinka.

 

CANDIDATEPARTYVOTES
Abiodun AlukoAccord Party (A)250
Shola OmololaAction Alliance (AA)41
Owolabi OlowoporokuAdvanced Congress of Democrats (ACD)1,149
Agboola OlaniyiAlliance for Democracy (AD)216
Segun AdewaleAction Democratic Party (ADP)1,082
Lucas OrubuloyeAll Grassroots Alliance (AGA)107
Stephen OribamiseAll Grand Alliance Party (AGAP)31
Tunde AfeAbundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP)125
Saheed JimohAfrican Peoples Alliance (APA)1,199
Kayode FayemiAll Progressives Congress (APC)197,459 (elected)
Tope AdebayoAdvanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA)464
Ayodeji AyodeleAll Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)70
Adegboye AjayiBetter Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP)14
David AdesuaDemocratic Alternative (DA)14
Olalekan OlanrewajuDemocratic Peoples Congress (DPC)147
Oluyinka AkereleDemocratic Peoples Party (DPP)181
Sule GaniyuFreedom and Justice Movement (FJP)42
Adewale OlusolaGreen Party of Nigeria (GPN)20
Tosin AjibareIndependent Democrats (ID)212
Temitope AmudaKOWA Party (KP)23
Sikiru LawalLabour Party (LP)280
Olabode JegedeMass Movement of Nigeria (MMN)35
Adebisi OmoyeniMega Party of Nigeria (MPN)231
Babatunde AlegbeleyeNational Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP)84
Oladosu OlaniyanNorthern People’s Congress (NPC)353
********PANDEL74
Dada AyoyinkaPeople For Democratic Change (PDC)1,242
Kolapo OlusolaPeoples Democratic Party (PDP)178,121
Goke AnimashaunProgressive Peoples Alliance (PPA)632
Dare BejidePeoples Party of Nigeria (PPN)187
Akinloye AiyegbusiSocial Democratic Party (SDP)367
Olusegun AdeleyeUnited Democratic Party (UDP)29
Jacob GboyegaUnity Party of Nigeria (UPN)33
Fakorede AyodejiYoung Democratic Party (YDP)31
Omotayo GabrielYoung Progressives Party (YPP)49
Total number of registered voters909, 585
Total number of accredited voters405, 861
Total valid votes384,594
Rejected votes18,857
Total votes cast403,451

 

 

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