The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the House of Assembly election in Owode/Onire constituency, Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State, Rukayat Motunrayo Shittu, has been declared winner of the poll.
Announcing the results, INEC returning officer for the exercise, Prof Akeem Olasunkanmi Ijaiya, said Shittu polled 7,521 votes to defeat his closest rival, Abdullah Magaji of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 6,957 votes.
“Having scored the highest number of votes and satisfied the requirements of the law, she is hereby declared the winner of the election” Prof Ijaiya declared.
Shittu is the youngest lawmaker in the state and arguably the youngest in the country to clinch the House of Assembly seat in the 2023 House of Assembly elections.
The former online journalist entered the race in 2022 after she quit her job for politics.
Her announcement sparked jubilation in her constituency as supporters and party members took to the streets to celebrate her victory.
Reacting to the victory while speaking to Daily Trust on Sunday, the APC candidate, said, “I thanked the people of my constituency for voting en mass for me”.