INEC Declares Female Journalist Winner of Kwara Assembly Seat

Rukayat Motunrayo Shittu, a female broadcast journalist and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been declared winner for the house of assembly election in Owode/Onire constituency, Asa local council of Kwara State.

Prof Akeem Olasunkanmi Inaiya, INEC returning officer said the Shittu scored 7, 521 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Abdullah Magaji of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who recorded 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, the APC candidate said, “I thank the people of my constituency for voting en mass for me”.

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