Welcome to Concise News Global election monitoring room and live reports. Like we did with Anambra Election, we shall be bringing to you live reports across Ekiti, as the people of the Southwest state troop out today (Saturday) to elect who will govern them for the next 4 years.

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There are 35 candidates running for the number-one seat in the Fountain of Knowledge. But two of them are clearly the front runners. Who will take the day? Former governor of the state Dr Kayode Fayemi (APC)? Deputy Governor of the state Kolapo Olusola-Eleka (PDP)? Time will tell.

This thread is open to everybody in Ekiti who is participating in one way or another during the election. Voters, observers, officials are encouraged to use the comment form below to report activities at the various polling unit and collation centres.

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We wish all the people of Ekiti a peaceful election.


LIVE UPDATES

8:20am: And with that we come to the end of the coverage of this election. Thank you for staying with us and goodbye till the next governorship poll in Osun state.

8:15am: Fayemi, who has now been elected for a second term, emerged winner in 11 out of the 16 local government areas of the state.

8:00am: And he declares the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi, as winner of the 2018 Ekiti State governorship election.

7:45am: Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the INEC returning officer for the Ekiti governorship election, is announcing the result.

7:30am: From the official results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the candidate of the APC, Kayode Fayemi, polled 197,459, while his rival Kolapo Olusola-Eleka of the PDP got 178,121 votes.

7:00am: INEC officials are putting together the results as we await the declaration of the winner.

lejemeje LGA
APC – 4,153
PDP – 3,937

Irepodun/Ifelodun LGA
APC – 13,869
PDP – 11,456

Ido-Osi LGA
APC – 12,342
PDP – 11,145

Oye LGA
APC – 14,995
PDP – 11,271

Efon LGA
APC – 5,082
PDP – 5,192

Moba LGA
APC – 11,837
PDP – 8,520

Ijero LGA
APC – 14,192
PDP – 11,077

Gboyin LGA
APC – 11,489
PDP – 8,027

Emure LGA
APC – 7,084
PDP – 7,121

Ikere LGA
APC – 11,515
PDP – 17,183

Ekiti West LGA
APC – 12,648
PDP – 10,137

Ikole LGA
APC – 14,522
PDP – 13,961

Ise Orun LGA
APC – 11,908
PDP – 6,297

Ekiti East LGA
APC – 12,778
PDP – 11,564

Ekiti South West LGA
APC – 11,015
PDP – 8,432

Ado-Ekiti LGA
APC – 28,111
PDP – 32,810

As expected, it has been a two-horse race between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi, and the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.

6:05am: Good morning and welcome to today’s coverage of the 2018 Ekiti governorship election.

7:00pm: PDP’s Professor Kolapo Olusola-Eleka has won in his Polling Unit, scoring 452 votes, while his closest challenger, APC’s Dr Kayode Fayemi, polled 105 votes.

6:15pm: Those plotting to cause violence may need to think twice as scary-looking soldiers are parading strategic areas in Ekiti state. Meanwhile sorting of ballot is still ongoing.

Image courtesy Situation Room Nigeria

5:25pm: In the meantime, voting is still on at Ward 11, Polling Unit 014, in Ado-Ekiti due to large voter turnout. It was learned that the card readers were not enough.

4:45pm: Governor Ayodele Fayose condemns Ekiti election, says it was ”national embarrassment.” The outgoing governor said this after casting his vote in Saturday’s governorship election. Read full report here.

We are back and off to Fayose’s Polling Unit, where the outspoken governor had something controversial to say, something INEC would not like.

In the meantime, let’s go for a break. We would be right back.

4:00pm: Sorting and collation ongoing in most Polling Units across the state.

3:32pm: Incumbent governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, has cast his vote.

3:30pm: Reports from Aramoko Ward in Oye local government area of the state say counting of votes have been concluded.

3:00pm: Candidate of the APC Kayode Fayemi should be a happy man now as the results released by polling agents at his ward show that his party got 186 votes, far more than PDP’s 2.

2:45pm: Sorting of ballots and counting of votes have been concluded at Ward 3 in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. Reports also have it that filling of forms by party agents as well as INEC agents have been concluded.

2:00pm: Ballot sorting has commenced at Irona Ward 11, Polling Unit 002 in Ado-Ekiti.

Picture from Irona Ward 11 in Ado-Ekiti

1:45pm: Former spokesman for the PDP Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who is now a member of the APC after falling out with governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, has commended INEC for its conduct in today’s governorship election. He welcomed the new process of simultaneous accreditation and voting.

1:33pm: Senator Biodun Olujimi, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has cast her vote at Ward 7 Polling Unit 007, in Omuo Ekiti.

1:30pm: Accreditation and voting have been concluded at Irona ward, polling unit 002, in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

1:20pm: Voters at Ilejemeje local government area are eagerly waiting to carry out their civic responsibility. There’s no report of violence and the Card Readers have been well behaved, as it were.

Voters at Ilejemeje LGA

1:15pm: Voters in Ekiti clearly took today’s election quite seriously, as there is impressive turnout of them in most of the local government areas. Also, voting has been seamless in many polling units. However, there were a few hiccups with the card reader. Those affected were, therefore, manually accredited, to keep the process going.

1:00pm: Bus loads of troops were spotted coming into Ado-Ekiti through Ise/Orun at 10:49am.

12:30pm: An election observer says the elderly are allowed to be in front of queue if they came late.

12:00pm: The PDP candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola-Eleka finally cast his ballot after card reader earlier failed to verify him. He was manually accredited before voting at 11.10am. Read full report here.

11:59am: The candidate of the APC and former governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi, has voted at Unit 9 Ward 11 in Isan Ekiti. However, reports have it that his wife could not cast her own ballot as the card reader failed to recognise her PVC. Click here for full report.

Fayemi
Kayode Fayemi and wife at polling unit

11:58am: Reports from Ward 6, Polling Unit 006, say card readers are not working properly and have been reset severally.

11:40am: National Commissioner of INEC Prof. (Mrs.) Anthonia Simbili, visited the polling unit 007, Ward 002, in Okeruku area of Ikere Ekiti, around 10:30am.

11:37am: The 112-year-old aunt of the APC candidate, Comfort Bodunde, is among those electing the next governor of Ekiti.

Fayemi’s aunt also came out to vote (photo credit: Channels TV)

11:35am: Voters patiently waiting to be accredited.

Some electorates waiting to vote in the 2018 Ekiti governorship election (photo credit: INEC)

11:30am: Voters sighted at different parts of the state enthusiastically waiting to vote.

11:20am: Voting has been concluded in Ward 6, polling unit 06, in Ekiti West local government area. Reports have it that 150 voters cast their ballots there.

11:15am: Accreditation and voting are ongoing at the Osigba Community Primary School Polling Unit 005 in Ido-Osi local government area. Concise News gathered that security operatives are present, voter turnout is high and the process has been peaceful.

10:30am: Card reader fails to recognise the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kolapa Olusola-Eleka, at his polling Unit in Ikere-Ekiti.

PDP candidate and deputy governor, Olusola-Eleka, waits as INEC officials struggle to accredit him with the Card Reader.

7:30am: INEC releases hotlines for Anambra election – 0700-CALL-INEC (0700-2255-4632) 09050858629, 09050858675, 09050858649, 08180958715, 08180958717, 08180958709, 09025038466, 07086945927, 08120183063, 07062896047, 08105119010, 08146697603

Thirty-five political parties will today battle for the governorship position in Nigeria’s Fountain of Knowledge, Ekiti State, with favourites being the ruling PDP and the APC.