After the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collated results from all 18 Local Government Areas of Ondo State, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Rotimi Akeredolu, has been declared winner of the gubernatorial election held Saturday in the state.
Akeredolu polled a total of 244, 842 to emerge winner and governor elect of the state.
His closest rivals, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 150,380 and Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) 126, 889 to emerge in second and third places respectively
The INEC returning officer for the Ondo governorship election, Prof Abdulkadir Ambali while declaring an end to the exercise, said “Rotimi Akeredolu having satisfied the requirement of the law and polled the highest number of votes is hereby declared winner and declared elected”.
Born on 21 July 1956 in Owo, it is the second attempt of Akeredolu at being governor of the state, as he had previously contested under the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2012.
He failed in that attempt as he was beaten by the incumbent governor, Olusegun Mimiko.
In his reaction on his twitter handle, Akeredolu simply said “Ondo has decided and I am humbled that my people chose me. Our time to Think Anew and Act Anew has come. Thank You Ondo State”.
However, the agent for the PDP, Mr Ayo Fadaka decried the election, all but saying it was orchestrated for his party candidate, Jegede to fail, clearing the way for Akeredolu’s victory.
He lamented that corruption was very prevalent in the election in the form of parties paying for votes, which he described as the highest form of corruption.
According to him, “INEC and some other interest groups designed the it (election) to fail”, as the name of his candidate was removed.
“Powerful interest in this country working with INEC decided to hand over our party to APC. The election came hastily after an injunction had been granted to us. INEC denied us a chance to campaign.
“This election was devoid of democracy, no fairness and no equity”, he lamented, even as he stated that INEC had the choice of postponing the exercise by three weeks to create equal opportunities for the parties, but failed to do so.
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