Fayemi: You can’t win an election with 300 votes and take all — it’s a recipe for disaster
Kayode Fayemi, the governor of Ekiti state, says you cannot win an election with just 300 votes and take all, calling for joint government in such situations.
Speaking at the Africa CEO forum in Kigali, Rwanda on Monday, said elections in Nigeria have become more competitive.
“With recent elections in Nigeria, it is becoming absolutely clear that it is not an either or, it is not whether its PDP or APC, especially when you have margins that are so narrow,” Fayemi said.
“Elections are becoming more competitive, people are winning elections with 300 votes. We need to be looking in the direction of collective engagement, whether you call that proportional representation or you call it joint government
Fayemi at Africa CEO forum on Monday
“Ultimately, you cannot win an election with 300 votes and take all, and the person who loses that election with 300 votes gets nothing, it is a recipe for disaster, and as a country, we need to start looking in another direction.”
Over the weekend, Aminu Tambuwal, the governor of Sokoto state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won the state gubernatorial election with only 342 votes.
Fatimah Mukhtar, returning officer for the election, said Tambuwal, who contested under the PDP polled a total of 512,002 votes to beat Aliyu Ahmed of the All Progressives Congress (APC)who garnered 511,660 votes.
Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state, was also present at the forum, stating that the PDP has given better leadership to Nigeria than its political rival, APC.