- The APC candidate polled 7640 votes to defeat closest rival in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 1771 votes in the elections
- With the results, APC's Nurudeen Akinwunmi takes over the seat of late Elijah Adewale who represented Ifako-Ijaiye federal constituency
The Independent National Election (INEC) has declared Nurudeen Akinwunmi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency by-election held on Saturday, December 3 in Lagos.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akinwunmi was announced winner by the returning officer of the election Prof. Clement Aghatise in a declaration at the INEC office in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government just minutes before midnight.
Aghatise said Akinwunmi polled 7640 votes to defeat his closest rival, Babatope Akinyele, candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 1771 votes at the poll.
Social Democratic Party (SDP) polled five votes, Action Alliance (AA) had 14 votes, African Democratic Congress (ADC) had 158 votes while Alliance for Democracy (AD) 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 9689; the total number of invalid votes was 195, while the total votes cast were 9884.
”I, Prof. Clement Edokpayi Aghatise, hereby certify that I was the Returning Officer for the Ifako/Ijaiye Federal Constituency By-Election held on Dec.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, ” he said.
But party representatives were divided over the results. ADC party agent Chidi Williams told NAN that the conduct of the polls was flawed.
”There were a lot of malpractices; it was not really free and fair. We had records that some people who had lost their PVCs 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,” he said.
A PDP representative Sunday Kudehindu agreed with Williams and accused APC of inducing voters with money.
The Lagos bye-election was held to replace late Elijah Adewale, who represented the constituency at the Federal House of Representatives but died in Abuja on July 20, leaving the seat vacant.
The victory comes just days after APC won the Ondo governorship election in another landslide that the PDP has vowed to contest at the courts and tribunals.