On Sunday, the Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, the winner of the election held in the 18 local government areas of the state on Saturday.
The Chief Returning Officer for the election, Prof Idowu Olayinka, who is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, declared Akeredolu the winner having scored the highest number of votes.
In swift reaction, the APC national leadership, said the Ondo State governor’s victory was an indication of the success of its moves to reconcile the party members.
Olayinka said, “I hereby certify that I am the returning officer of the Ondo State election, and that the election was conducted and the candidates received the following votes"
“Oluwarotimi Akeredolu got 292,830, Eyitayo Jegede got 195,791 and Agboola Ajayi got 69,127. That Oluwarotimi Akeredolu secured the highest number of votes among the 17 contestants. Moreover, he was expected to score 25 per cent in two-thirds of the state, but he scored it across the 18 local government areas"
“Consequently, having satisfied the requirements of the law, I hereby declare Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, the winner and he is hereby returned elected”
Akeredolu won in 15 out of the 18 local government areas of the state while Jegede won in three local government areas and the deputy governor did not win in any, including his local government of origin.
Akeredolu polled 292,830 votes to defeat the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, who came second with 195, 791 votes. The Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi, who contested on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party, came a distant third with 69,127 votes.