The All Progressives Congress candidate of Lagos state bye election Akinwunmi Nurudeen Olaitan has been declared winner. He emerged as the winner by defeating his opponents of the Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency in Lagos State. The returning officer of the election, Prof. Clement Aghatise, made the declaration at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area, minutes before midnight.
Declaring the winner, Aghatise said, Olaitan polled 7,640 votes to defeat his closest rival, Babatope Akinyele, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party,
who scored 1,771 votes.
According to him, the Social Democratic Party polled five votes, Action Alliance had 14 votes, African Democratic Congress had 158 votes, while Alliance for Democracy had 101 votes.
Aghatise said that the total number of registered voters was 339,864; total number of accredited voters was 10,051; total number of valid votes was 9,689; total number of invalid votes was 195; and total votes cast were 9884.
He said: “I, Prof. Clement Edokpayi Aghatise, hereby certify that I was the Returning Officer for the Ifako/Ijaiye Federal Constituency by-election held on December 3, 2016.
“That the election was contested, that Mr Akinwunmi Nurudeen Olaitan of APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and he is returned elected.”
Some of the parties representatives who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria expressed mixed reactions to the results.
Chidi Williams, an ADC party agent, expressed dissatisfaction with the process. Williams said: “There were a lot of malpractices; it was not really free and fair. “We had records that some people who had lost their PVCs and were allowed to vote in some polling units.
“We want INEC to detach itself from political parties and not allow itself to do what is unethical. “INEC should work more on neutrality.”
PDP representative at the collation centre, Sunday Kudehindu, also said he was not satisfied with the process, stressing that the APC, the ruling party in Lagos State, had continued to induce voters with money.
Kudehindu said that INEC had not totally become an unbiased umpire.
The APC representative at the centre, however, refused to talk to press, saying that he had received an instruction not to grant interview. The bye-election was occasioned by the death of Hon. Elijah Adewale, who represented the constituency at the Federal House of Representatives.
Adewale died in Abuja on July 20.