The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ondo State.
INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the election and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof Idowu Olayinka, declared Akeredolu winner with 292,830 votes.
He beat 16 other candidates, including Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 195,791 votes to place second and the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), who secured 69,127 votes to emerge third overall.
“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 LGAs.
“Consequently, having satisfied the requirements of the law, I hereby declare Akeredolu as the winner and he is hereby returned elected,” the REC announced at the INEC headquarters in Akure on Sunday.