James Sowole in Akure
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Tuesday upheld the results of the April 11 House of Assembly election in Ilaje Constituency 1 and Ilaje Constituency II in the riverine Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.
With that, he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates won both seats.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Ondo State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, who disclosed the decision of the commission said it was done in line with the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
He said though the returning officers for the two constituencies had announced the results in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates were winners, the INEC declared the election inconclusive based on the report of the two returning officers that they announced the results of the election under duress despite various anomalies.
Agbaje said the returning officers had reported that there were violent disruption of poll and hijacking of materials which led to cancellation of elections in 47 units in Ilaje 1 Constituency with a total number of 25, 302 registered voters.
He said the figure was more that 5, 894 which is the figure the leading candidate had ahead of the first runner up.
Agbaje also stated that there was disruption and hijacking of materials that led to the cancelation of elections in 26 units in Ilaje II Constituency with a total nuber of 9,879 registered voters and the figure that is more than 5!806 that the leading candidate had ahead of the first runner-up.
The REC declared that despite these various reports the, the commission considered the provision of the Electoral Act and resolved to uphold the results as announced by the returning officers for the two constituencies.
“That since a candidate had been declared and returned as winner of the Ilaje I Constituency in the State House of Assembly Election held on 11th April, 2015 by the Returning Officer, the Commission wuld allow the verdict to stand.
“That since a candidate had been declared and returned as winner of the Ilaje I Constituency in the State House of Assembly Election held on 11th April, 2015 by the Returning Officer, the Commission would also not want to alter the verdict” he said.
Releasing the results as announced by the respective returning officers, the INEC said Akinruntan Babatunde Abayomi of the PDP was the winner of the poll in Ilaje I Constituency.
In a similar manner, the commission declared that Coker Adeniyi Malachi also of the PDP was the winner of the election for Ilaje II Constituency.
The commission thereafter advised those that are not satisfied with the outcome of the election in the two constituencies to seek redress at the appropriate quarters.
With the declaration of INEC, the PDP now has 21 seats in the 26-member Assembly while APC has five.