Tajudeen Adeyemi Adefisoye, the House of Representatives candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has won the Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency seat of the National Assembly election in Ondo State.
Adefisoye, popularly known as ‘Small Alhaji’, was declared the winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He polled 16,186 votes to beat his closest rival, Kayode Akinmade of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the keenly contested election.
Akinmade, a former Commissioner under the immediate past government of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, polled a total number of 14,191 votes to come second in the poll.
Professor V.A. Bello, the INEC Returning Officer for the federal constituency, announced the election result at the collation centre in Owena on Sunday.
According to Bello, having satisfied the INEC rule of having the highest votes at the election, Adefisoye was declared the winner.
“The SDP candidate, having satisfied the INEC rule of having the highest votes of 16,186 against his closest rival of the PDP who had 14,191 votes, is hereby declared winner of the election,” he said.
Speaking on his victory, Adefisoye said the successes recorded in the weekend election was due to the unrelenting effort of his supporters who came out in their large numbers to exercise their franchise for him.
“It brings me boundless joy to know that our party, the Social Democratic Party (SDP), attained victory not only in Idanre my very local government, but also won handsomely in Ifedore local government.
“There was no way this victory could have been possible without the relentless and uncompromising commitment of our supporters.
“I say a big thank you from my heart for not only ensuring our victory at the polls, but your eternal vigilance up to the collation centres, which did not allow our victory to be stolen, is equally very much commendable.
“Let me reiterate once again that this victory is not only for Tajudeen Adeyemi Adefisoye ‘Small Alhaji’, but for everyone that has contributed in one way or the other to this overall electoral success.
“As a follow up to the official declaration of Alhaji Tajudeen Adefisoye by INEC as a member, House of Representatives elected for Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency by INEC, you can be assured of mild merriments to celebrate our collective victory.
“Once again, my most profound appreciation to everyone that has given us reasons to celebrate. Our teeming supporters have proven to be vital shoulders that never allowed my clothing to fall off.”