Sunday, April 12, 2015 6:41 pm
The PDP in Ondo State has won 19 out of the 24 seats declared in Saturday’s House of Assembly election declared by INEC. Two seats are outstanding.
The rival APC, which won majority of seats in the National Assembly as well as the presidential election in the state in the March 28 elections, won in only five constituencies.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, who reiterated the results of the election announced earlier at various constituencies, said results of the two constituencies in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state were still outstanding.
Agbaje said the collation officers for Ilaje Constituency I and Ilaje Constituency II were forced to declare the results under duress by armed thugs.
The officers in their separate reports to Agbaje had declared the results of the two constituencies inconclusive.
He disclosed that men of the Forward Operational Base (F0B) of the Nigerian Navy shot dead two of the hoodlums that formented trouble in Ilaje Local Government Area.
Agbaje stated that the violence in Ilaje Local Government led to cancellation in several polling units with a total number of registered voters that would have effect on the final result if elections were not cancelled in those polling units.
He said the INEC National Headquarters would make final pronouncement on the two constituencies.
Giving the highlights of the performance of the two major political parties, Agbaje said Olotu Fatai of the PDP won in Akoko North East Constituency just as Araoyinbo Olugbenga and Towase Oluwasegunota also of PDP won in Akoko North West 1 and Akoko South East respectively.
He added that PDP also won in Akure North, Akure South 1, Ese-Odo, Idanre and Ifedore constituencies.
Other constituencies won by PDP are Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo, Irele, Odigbo1, Odigbo II, Okitipupa I and Okitipupa II constituencies.
The other constituencies won by the PDP are Ondo East, Ondo West I, Ondo West II, Ose and Owo I.
On the other hand, the rival APC won in Akure South II, Akoko North West I, Akoko South West II, Akure South II and Owo II constituency.
While thanking various stakeholders for their support and cooperation with the INEC, Agbaje said the commission would work very hard to consolidate and deepen the country’s democratic process in line with the Electoral Act 2010 as amended and the Nigerian constitution.