Mr Rotimi Akeredolu on Sunday, October 11, won the governorship elections in Ondo State after a campaign; in which he promised to provide composed and focused leadership marked by economic growth as well as improved security for people in the state.
1st News reports that the incumbent governor swept to victory by winning 15 of the 18 local governments.
The breakdown by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed that Governor Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress got 292,830 votes; while Mr Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party and Mr Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party came second and third in the election with 195,791 and 69,127 votes, respectively.
“Having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes; I hereby declare Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu of the APC as the winner; and he is hereby returned elected,” Chief Returning Officer for the election, Professor Olayinka said.
Professor Olayinka, who is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, announced the winner on Sunday at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Akure, which doubles as the final collation centre.
This is the second time the governor is defeating the PDP candidate.
In 2016, Akeredolu, with Ajayi as his running mate, defeated Jegede to win his first term as governor. Ajayi fell out with Akeredolu and also chose to go against his boss this time around.
The election took place on Saturday across 3,009 polling units of 203 electoral wards/ registration areas in the 18 Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state.
The poll, the second major election to be conducted since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; was preceded by a dramatic campaign featuring 17 political parties as well as their candidates; all racing for the top political office in the south-western state.
Up to 11 contenders pulled out of the race in favour of other candidates; just in the final days of the campaign with the trio of Akeredolu, Jegede as well as Ajayi emerging as the leading contenders.
Ajayi’s conflict with Governor Akeredolu was one of the intriguing issues; the provided drama in the months preceding the election in the state.
After surviving an attempt by the State Assembly to impeach him; the deputy governor dumped the APC for the PDP.
But after failing to secure the PDP’s governorship ticket; he joined the ZLP – the platform on which he contested.