The Kwara State House of Assembly election has been declared won by a 26-year-old woman named Rukayat Shittu.
Shittu is a former Senate President of the National Open University of Nigeria’s Congress of Students.
According to the results announced by Professor Hakeem Ijaya, returning officer for the Independent National Electoral Commission, the 26-year-old, who ran on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, received 7,521 votes to defeat her rival from the Peoples Democratic Party, who received 6,957 votes in the Saturday House of Assembly election.
Asa Local Government Area of Kwara’s Owode/Onire Constituency will be represented by Rukayat.
The Kwara House of Assembly Speaker, Yakubu Danladi-Salihu, of the APC, was proclaimed the winner of the Ilesha-Gwanara state seat by the INEC after defeating Usman Abubakar of the PDP.
Danladi-Salihu received 14,949 votes, while Usman Abubakar of the PDP received 2,072 votes, according to the Returning Officer, Dr. Adewale Rafiu, who announced the results at the Gwanara LGEA elementary school, the collation center for the Ilesha/Gwanara constituency.
“Yakubu Danladi-Salihu of APC having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected,” Dr Rafiu declared.
In his acceptance speech, the Speaker lauded his constituents for their massive support that culminated in his victory, assuring them that he would continue to prioritise their welfare.
He said: “I wish to thank my constituents for the show of love and massive support that earned me this sweet victory at the poll. I’ll continue to appreciate and reciprocate this rare gesture with another superlative performance in office while prioritising people’s welfare.”
With this result, Danladi-Salihu has now won the seat of the Ilesha-Gwanara constituency for a second term.