The newspaper review for Monday, July 16, focuses on the victory recorded by Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Ekiti governorship election.
The federal government has described the victory of Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Ekiti governorship election as an endorsement of the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The Guardian reports that the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, said the victory was also a blow for fake news.
He said: “Anyone who monitored the social media before and during the election would think it would be a landslide for the PDP. But the reality is different.”
“They barred two serving governors from travelling to Ekiti to support their fellow governor. They willfully shut the Akure airport. We, leaders of then opposition APC, were forced to return to Lagos by road in the night. With the roles reversed in 2018, we did not pay the PDP back in its own coin, because of our strong belief in the rule of law. The rest is history.
Vanguard reports that the minister stated that the Ekiti election was more than one state’s gubernatorial poll, adding that it was a referendum on the performance of the Buhari administration.
He said the victory of the APC was not just a defeat for the PDP but also a defeat for all those criticising the Buhari administration.
He said: “With the victory of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the just-concluded Ekiti governorship election, Nigerian people have spoken, and they have spoken loudly, about their perception of the APC-led Buhari administration.
“The election was more than one state’s gubernatorial poll. It was a referendum on the performance of the Buhari administration. And Nigerians have given their verdict!
“It’s not just a defeat for the PDP; it’s a defeat for all the naysayers who have made themselves the spokespersons for Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the result of the Ekiti state governorship election. The Punch reports that the party described the outcome of the result as a daylight robbery.
The PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, July 15, alleged that the APC and INEC colluded to deny its candidate Kolapo victory.
“The PDP rejects the outcome and the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State. It is a daylight robbery and it cannot stand,” he said.
“As I said, the PDP rejects in its entirety the results concocted by the APC, INEC and security agencies, in the governorship election in Ekiti State and declared by INEC.
“The party rejects the falsified results and declaration of the APC candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to be the winner of the election, as a daylight robbery, a brazen subversion of the will of the people and direct assault on our democracy.
“From the authentic results flowing directly from the polling centres across the state, it is clear that the PDP candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, incontrovertibly won the election, with very comfortable margin over the APC candidate, only for INEC to allow the alteration of results at the collation centres.”
This Day reports that the south-west geo-political zone has now come under the firm grip of the ruling party with the emergence as Kayode Fayemi as the next governor of Ekiti state following the state governorship election.
The newspaper states that safe for the northwest, which is wholly controlled by the APC, no other region is totally controlled by a single party.
With its win in Ekiti, the APC now has absolute control of the south-west, bringing under its sphere the two most populous regions, with massive electorate.
The Nation reports that the victory recorded by Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) came from a combination of factors and the performance of key party leaders in their strongholds.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Fayemi winner with 197, 459 votes. His closest rival, Prof. Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 178, 459 votes.
Fayemi won in 12 of the 16 local government areas. Olusola won in four.
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