The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared the All Progressives Congress, APC, Candidate, Raheem Tunji Olawuyi, the winner of Saturday’s bye-election into the House of Representatives seat of Irepodun/ Isin/Ekiti/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency, of Kwara State.
The Returning Officer for the election, Professor Bimbola Adesoji of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, announced the results in Omu-Aran, the Headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Area.
He stated that the APC Candidate scored 21,236 votes, to beat the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Candidate, Saheed Alatise, who polled 18,095 votes.
Earlier, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, had described the House of Representatives bye-election as a contest between the PDP and Security Agents, rather than among the political parties.
Ahmed, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muhideen Akorede, said that reports available to him from the four Local Government Areas in which elections were held, indicated wide-spread harassment, arrests, and intimidation of PDP members and supporters by Security Personnel.
The Governor however, commended the PDP members and supporters across the Federal Constituency, for standing their ground and defying the threats posed by the Security Agents, by coming out to exercise their franchise, at the risk of harm and arrest.
He maintained that the heightened fear and intimidation orchestrated against PDP members and supporters, and abetted by Security Agents, led to voter apathy and poor turn-out in the areas that were traditional strongholds of the party.