The Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday 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 of the poll having scored the highest number of votes.
The APC national leadership , in its swift reaction, said the Ondo State governor ’s victory was an indication of the success of its moves to reconcile the party members .
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.
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 .
Ajayi loses own LG , Mimiko ’ s local govt area
With the victory , Akereolu became the second governor in the history of the state to win re – election after former Governor Olusegun Mimiko .
Mimiko supported the deputy governor , but his support and influence could not save Ajayi from defeat by Akeredolu in the Ondo West Local Government Area, which is the base of the former governor .
Akeredolu scored 15 ,977 in Ondo West , while Jegede polled 10 ,627 votes and the ZLP candidate scored 10 , 159 votes.
Akeredolu took his political dominance to the Ese Odo Local Government Area, where his deputy hails from and defeated him there . The governor -elect got 13 , 383 votes, while Ajayi scored 4 ,760 votes to come second while Jegede came third with 4 ,680 votes in the riverine local government area .
The governor won convincingly in the Owo Local Government Area , where he hails from , with a total number of 35 , 957 votes , while the PDP candidate scored 5 ,311 votes and the ZLP candidate polled 408 votes .
Jegede also got a landslide victory in the Akure South Local Government Area , where he comes from by polling 47 , 627 votes , while the governor -elect scored 17 , 277 votes and the deputy governor polled 2 ,236 votes .
The PDP candidate also won in the Akure North LG with 12 , 263 votes and the APC candidate polled 9 ,546 votes, while the ZLP candidate scored 1 ,046 votes . Jegede also won in the Ifedore Local Government Area by scoring 11 , 852 votes and Akeredolu scored 9 ,350 votes while the ZLP candidate polled 1,863 .
In Akoko South – East , Akeredolu scored 9 ,419 ; the PDP , 4, 003 and the ZLP 2 ,004 votes. The APC scored 21 , 232 in Akoko South- West ; the PDP 15 , 055 and the ZLP 2,755 votes.
Akeredolu continued his winning streak in the Akoko North -East with 16 , 572 , while the PDP got 8, 380 and the ZLP 3532 . Also , in the Akoko North -West LGA , the APC got 15 ,809 ; the PDP 10 ,320 and the ZLP 3,477 .
The governor also won in Ile Oluji / Oke Igbo with 13 ,287 ; the PDP , 9 ,231 and the ZLP 1, 971 votes. The APC also dominated in Idanre , which is the hometown of the state chairman of the ruling party , Ade Adetimehin with 11 , 286 votes; the PDP scored 7 ,499 and the ZLP got 3623 votes .
In the Ose Local Government Area, Akeredolu polled 15 ,122 votes; the PDP , 8 ,421 and the ZLP, 1083 . Akeredolu also won 19 ,266 in the Okitipupa Local Government Area ; the PDP 10 ,367 and the ZLP 10 ,120 .
In the Ondo East LG , the APC got 6 ,485 , the PDP , 4049 ; the ZLP 3221 . In the Odigbo Local Government Area, the APC scored 23 ,571 ; the PDP , 9485 and the ZLP 6540 . Akeredolu won in the Ilaje LGA with 26 ,657 votes; the PDP , 11 ,128 and the ZLP 4405. In the Irele LGA : APC 12 ,643 ; PDP 5493 and ZLP 5904.
Election monitoring groups , Yiaga Africa and the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room , in their separate interim reports on the election , alleged that there were cases of vote -buying .
Yiaga’s Director of Programmes , Cynthia Mbamalu , while presenting the group ’s report at a press conference in Akure on Sunday , said there were incidents including vote -buying , intimidation of voters , polling officials , community collusion and interference by security personnel during the election .
She added that the incidents occurred n Idanre , Ondo West and Akure North local government areas .
Although Mbamala advised that the infractions should be addressed by electoral stakeholders , she declared that the incidents did not occur at levels and rates that could substantially undermine the integrity of the overall results of the election .
Ondo poll , an improvement on Edo election – Civil Society Situation Room
Also , the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room on Sunday bemoaned the worsening cases of vote- buying in the country .
The group ’s Alternate Chair , Esther Uzoma , while presenting the second interim statement on the election , in Akure , commended INEC for improving on its performance in last month’ s Edo election and as well as the security agents for ensuring relatively free and fair election .
But Uzoma said , “ Reports received by the Situation Room showed that vote -buying was evident in a number of polling units and largely went unchecked . Voters were seen selling their votes for sums ranging from N 4, 000 and N5 ,000 , to N 7 ,000 , depending on the political parties or location .”
No jubilation in Akure
Akure , the Ondo State capital , was quiet after the declaration of the candidate of the APC as the winner of the election .
The PDP candidate , Jegede , hails from Akure and won in Akure North , Akure South and Ifedore local government
After the result of the election was declared at 3 : 03 pm on Sunday, there was no spontaneous jubilation in most parts of Akure .
The popular Oba Adesida Road where the APC state secretariat is located ; Gbogi , Adegbola Junction; Oja Oba and other parts of the state capital remained quiet following the declaration of Akeredolu as the winner of the poll .
Jubilation in Owo , Akeredolu ’ s hometown
While Akure was quiet, residents of Owo , the hometown of the governor -elect, trooped out on Sunday to celebrate the re – election of the governor .
Akeredolu and the deputy governor -elect, Lucky Ayedatiwa , joined the jubilant crowd to move round the state in an open roof SUV as both of them waved at people who trooped out to hail them .