TOKUNBO ABIRU, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress – APC, has emerged winner of Saturday’s Lagos East Senatorial bye-election.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission – INEC, Abiru polled a total of 89,204 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Babatunde Gbadamosi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 11,257 votes, leaving a margin of 77,947 votes.
The result was declared by INEC Returning Office, Prof. Ademola Oremosu of the University of Lagos at the Somolu collation centre on Sunday.
Oremosu said out of the total registered voters of 1,261,673 in the district, the total accredited voters was 104, 894, the total vote cast was 104, 405, the total valid votes was 102, 336, while the rejected votes were 2,069.
Abiru defeated his opponent by a wide margin in all the five local government areas of Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Kosofe, Shomolu and Ikorodu in Lagos East senatorial district.
The senatorial seat became vacant following the death of the former occupant, Bayo Oshinowo, earlier this year.
Candidates from 12 political parties contested in the Lagos East Senatorial bye-elections while eight candidates contested the Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos State House of Assembly by-elections.