The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Kazeem Bello as the winner of the just concluded councillorship by-election held Saturday in Obele/Oniwala (Ward A) of Surulere Local Government.
In announcing the result, Mr. Olusola Ibikunle, LASIEC Returning Officer, declared Mr. Kazeem Bello, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner, having scored 793 votes while his only opponent, Mr. Abdulateef Bolaji Sanni, the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, scored 195 votes.
Speaking to newsmen after monitoring the election, Mr. Olusegun Ayedun, the Electoral Commissioner in charge of the zone, expressed disappointment at the low voter-turnout, noting that the development was a nationwide problem which needs to be tackled.
He, therefore, enjoined leaders of political parties to redouble their efforts in encouraging eligible registered members of the public to participate in the electoral process by casting their votes during elections, stressing that the Commission was determined to ensure an increase in citizens’ participation in the State.
Ayedun also commended security personnel on election duty for “doing a good job”, adding that the conduct of the by-election was peaceful.
On his part, Mr. Sesan Ogundeko, the Permanent Secretary of the Commission, stated that adequate preparations were made for the by-election in terms of the training of the election personnel, deployment as well as the provision of voting materials required for the exercise.