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FW: Fayemi is Ekiti State's Governor - Elect

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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Kayode Fayemi has won the Ekiti State governorship election which took place on 14th July 2018.

The former Minister of Mines and Steel Development and the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Fayemi defeated his closest rival, Professor Kolapo Olusola of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The new Governor-elect won 12 LGAs out of 16. 

 

Why is this a big deal?

The Ekiti governorship election was arguably one of the most followed in the country for several reasons, particularly because of the existing tension between Fayemi, and Ayodele Fayose, current governor of the state. And it is not just because of the pre-election drama or the alleged harassment of the Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose.

Fayemi is not a newbie in Ekiti politics, he was the Governor of the State from October 16, 2010, to October 25, 2014. On June 21, he was defeated hands down at the polls by Fayose, himself a former Governor, who won all 16 local governments in Ekiti to emerge as Governor.

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