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INEC declares Babajide Sanwo-Olu Lagos Governor-elect

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The candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been declared the winner of the governorship election held on Saturday, March 9.

Returning Officer, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, made the declaration on Sunday at INEC’s collation centre in Yaba, Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu, who scored 739,445 out of the 977,476 total valid votes in the election, defeated 44 other candidates to emerge as the winner and governor-elect in the state.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, polled the second highest votes with 206,141 votes.

Declaring the result of the election at the state’s collation centre in Yaba at about 8:40pm on Sunday, the state Returning Officer, Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede, said the APC candidate, Sanwo-Olu, scored the highest votes to win the election.

Ogunbodede, who is the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said, “That Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, of the All Progressives Congress, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected.”

He said the number of registered voters was 6,505,512; number of accredited voters was 1,006,074; total number of votes cast was 998,715, rejected votes was 21,239, while the total number of valid votes was 977,476.

Ogunmodede pointed out that 31 party agents signed the result sheet.

Meanwhile, from the results announced by the respective local government collation officers, votes were cancelled in about 63 polling units due largely to over-voting.

They said this was caused by dysfunctional card readers, which made some presiding officers to resort to manual voting.

Surulere had the highest cancelled polling units of 17, as the presiding officers at Aguda polling unit absconded with the card reader and result sheets.

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