Sanwo-Olu declared winner of Lagos election as APC defeats Tambuwal’s PDP in Sokoto

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu the winner of the governorship election in Lagos State.

Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled a total of 762,134 to defeat first runner-up, Labour Party’s Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour.

The LP candidate secured 312,329 votes, while Abdulazeez Adeniran of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, got 62,449 votes.

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The results were announced by the Returning Officer, Prof Adenike Temifayo-Oladiji, Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA.

The number of valid votes were 1,155,678; rejected votes – 17,953; total votes cast – 1,173,631; accredited votes – 1,182,620.

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Before the declaration, Rhodes-Vivour called the election a sham, alleging “collusion between the ruling party and electoral officials”.

The flagbearer said what the people witnessed was “a slap on the face of democracy” and everyone who came out to vote for the LP on Saturday.

“In the light of this, I am convinced beyond any doubt that the results being released by INEC do not represent the wishes of the majority of peaceful Lagosians.

“More so the results from our field agents and situation room indicated that we won this election,” Rhodes-Vivour added.

LP Chairman in Lagos, Mrs. Dayo Ekong had asked INEC to cancel the poll, citing electoral malpractices, intimidation, violence, among others.

In a related development, Ahmed Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) has displaced the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) after several years. In what is considered one of the major upsets, Aliyu polled 453, 661 to defeat PDP’s Saidu Umar who scored 404, 632 votes.

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