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INEC declares PDP winner of Ojo House of Rep election

…as APC wins House of Assembly seats
By Monsuru Olowoopejo
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has declared Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s candidate, Adekunle Obasa, winner of the House of representatives election in Ojo Federal Constituency, Lagos State.

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A man places his ballot paper in a ballot box at polling unit in Lagos on March 9, 2019. – Nigerians are voting for a second time in a fortnight in governorship and state assembly elections, with heightened concerns from observers of violence and an increased military presence. Elections for governors are being held in 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states, for all state assemblies, plus the administrative councils in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja. (Photo AFP)

The Ojo Federal Constituency election was one of the six federal constituencies earlier announced by INEC where House of Representatives supplementary elections was held across the country.

The supplementary elections in 148 polling units was held in Oshodi/Isolo I, Oshodi/Isolo II, Ojo, Eti-Osa, Somolu, and Ajeromi/Ifelodun where voting were previously marred or the election declared inconclusive on February 23.

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It would be recalled that Obasa had earlier scored a total votes of 28, 691 and was closely followed by the All Progressives Congress, APC candidate, Yinka Durosinmi, with 25, 545, before it was declared by Prof. Yomi Akinyeye from department of History and Strategic studies, University of Lagos, as inconclusive.

Announcing the final results on Sunday, after the supplementary elections held at polling units in Okokomaiko, Ijanikin, Ilogbo and Ojo, the returning officer, Dr. Taibat Lawson, discloses that the PDP candidate polled 148 additional votes to defeat his closest rival, Durosinmi, who added 259 votes.

According to Lawson, Obasa finally polled 28,839 while the APC candidate had 25, 804 votes after the exercise.

She said: “Adekunle Obasa of the PDP; having satisfied the requirements of the law, has scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”

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