Senate seats: Gbenga Daniel, Jimoh Ibrahim, Yayi victorious

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the Ogun-East Senatorial election held on Saturday.

The INEC Returning Officer for the senatorial district, Christopher Onwuka, announced the results on Sunday at the collation centre in Itoro Hall, Ijebu-Ode.

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Onwuka said that Daniel scored 115,147 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ajibola Kalejaiye of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 58,708 votes.

“I, Prof. Christopher Onwuka, by the powers conferred on me, as the INEC Returning Officer for this election and having scored the highest number of votes, hereby declared Gbenga Daniel of APC winner of the election,” he said.

In Ogun West District, Solomon Adeola of the APC was declared winner.

The INEC returning officer for the senatorial district, Oluseye Onabanjo, made the declaration on Sunday at Orona Hall in Ilaro.

Onabanjo said that Adeola polled a total of 112, 887 votes to defeat his closest rival, Ganiyu Obanibasiri of the PDP, who scored 60,189 votes.

“Solomon Adeola of APC, having scored the highest votes of 112,887, is hereby declared the winner of the election conducted on Feb. 25 for the Ogun-West Senatorial District,” Onabanjo said.

Adeola, who is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, is currently representing Lagos-West Senatorial District at the Senate.

Adeola, popularly known as Yayi, in an interview with journalists at Ilaro, expressed satisfaction with the results, thanking God and his people for the overwhelming confidence and trust they expressed through their votes.

“I want to assure you that having gone round the 59 wards of the district, I am aware of the developmental challenges facing my people in the area of infrastructure, energy, education and healthcare.

“Even, before the election, I have started addressing some of these challenges.

“I promise to continue in similar pattern in the days, weeks and months ahead,” he said.

Also, businessman and politician, Jimoh Ibrahim of the APC was declared winner of the senatorial seat for Ondo South district.

Ibrahim polled 110,665 votes to defeat a former deputy governor of the State, Agboola Ajayi of the PDP, who polled 65, 784 votes.

Announcing the result of the election in Okitipupa on Sunday, Johnson Fashimilehin, the INEC returning officer, said “Having polled the highest number of votes of 110, 665 against 65, 784, I hereby declare Ibrahim of APC winner of the election in Ondo South.

“I Prof. Fashimilehin, by the power conferred on me as the INEC Returning Officer for this election, and having satisfied the highest number of votes, I hereby declared Ibrahim returned as elected,” Fashimilehin said.

– NAN