Despite all the protests and calls for a re-run primary, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has submitted the name of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as its governorship candidate.
It was also learnt that the national leadership of the party forwarded the name of Mr Agboola Ajayi as Akeredolu’s running mate for the coming November 26, Ondo State governorship election.
This development sealed the fate of Segun Abraham, who was openly backed by the national leader of APC, Senator Bola Tinubu, of becoming the next governor of Ondo State.
Akeredolu, who disclosed that his name had been sent to INEC as the governorship candidate of the APC in a statement released on Thursday night by the Aketi Media Group, said the decision was the work of God.
He said, “What can I say than to thank God who has done it again? God does not abandon His projects notwithstanding the challenges that may arise. I make bold to say to my co-aspirants in the APC, that we are all winners. None is vanquished. We are all victors. None is a loser. I hold the ticket of the party in trust for all of you. I am not perfect. No one is. But I will make up for my imperfections by drawing from your collective strength.
Together we shall work in one accord to achieve success in the November 26 governorship election. Now is the time to pool our energy and resources together and rescue our state from misery and misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government. United we stand. United we shall be victorious.”
Akeredolu surprisingly emerged winner of the September 3 governorship primary held in Akure by polling 669 votes to defeat Olusegun Abraham who scored 635 votes and Olusola Oke with 576 votes. Senator Robert Ajayi-Boroffice came fourth with 471 votes.
Some of the aspirants after accepting and congratulating Akeredolu later protested and called for outright cancellation of the election over alleged irregularities.
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