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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) saturday declared the candidate of the Peoplesâ€™ Democratic Party (PDP), Adebo Ogundoyin as the winner of the bye-election for Ibarapa East State Constituency.
The seat became vacant following the death of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representative of the constituency who was also the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Michael Adeyemo on April 27 this year.
Amidst tight security, the election was generally peaceful as the PDP candidate polled 6,277 as against his closest rival and brother to the late Speaker, Kunle Adeyemo of the ruling APC who scored 4,619. An Accord candidate came third with 2,859.
The 31-years old Adebo is the son of the late Eruwa-born philanthropist, Adeseun Ogundoyin who died 27 years ago. He hailed from Eruwa with six wards as against Lanlate-born Adeyemo with four wards that make up Ibarapa East local government.
The governor, Abiola Ajimobi who won the elusive second term as Governor of the state had lost two consecutive bye-elections within one year. This was in addition to similar re-run election way back in 2012 which the then Action Congress of Nigeria lost to the PDP in Oke Ogun area of the state.
The governorâ€™s party lost Oorelope/Irepo/Olorunsogo federal constituency in 2012; Oorelope State Constituency in 2017 and Ibarapa East State constituency in 2018.