Ondo election: APC candidate, Akeredolu wins again
Defeats close rival by 20 percent votes
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OLUWAROTIMI Akeredolu, SAN, candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has won the governorship seat in the Ondo State for another four -year term.
According to the result announced by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Sunday, October 11, Akeredolu in the 2020 governorship election defeated his closest rival Eyitayo Jegede of the People’s Democratic Party PDP with 292,830 votes against 195,791, representing nearly 20 percent lead.
The candidate of Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, Agboola Ajayi scored 69,178 votes.
As expected by many observers, both Akeredolu and Jegede recorded a landslide victory in their senatorial districts and local government areas.
Ondo North where Akeredolu comes from, the APC led PDP by 62,621 votes while PDP led by 23,996 votes in Ondo Central, the stronghold of Jegede.
ZLP was in a distant third in each of the senatorial districts including Ondo South, the home front of Ajayi, the current deputy governor.
A similar pattern is repeated at local government level as Akeredolu led by 30,646 in Owo LGA while Jegede led by 30,350 in Akure South LGA. Again, Ajayi lost to APC at Ese-Odo, his local government area.
In total, Akeredolu the incumbent governor cleared 15 local government areas including Akoko North East (16,572), Akoko North West (15,809), Akoko South East (9,419) and Akoko South West (21,232).
Others are Idanre (11,286), Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo(13,278), Irele (12,643), Okitipupa (19,266), Ondo East(6,485), Ondo West(15,977), Ose (15,122), Owo (35,957), Odigbo(23,571), Ilaje (26,657) and Ese-odo(13,383).
The candidate of PDP won only three local government comprising Akure North (12, 263), Akure South (47,627) and Ifedore (11,852).
With this number, Akeredolu has satisfied the two-third of the geographical spread of the 18 local government areas as prescribed by the electoral law and has been declared the winner by INEC.
In 2016 governorship election, APC also won by 94,462 votes, scoring 244,842 against 150,380 votes scored by PDP, the closest rival.
In 2012, the Labour Party now known as Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) represented by Olusegun Mimiko won with 260,199 votes. PDP took the second position with 155,961 votes while ACN, now APC scored 143, 512.
Since the return of the civil rule in 1999, four governors have ruled in Ondo State. They are Adebayo Adefarati, 1999 to 2003; Olusegun Agagu, 2003 2009; Olusegun Mimiko, 2009 to 2016 and Akeredolu who started in 2017. His second term begins in February 2021.