Against all odds, the incumbent governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN has been reelected to pilot the affairs of the state for the next four years.
The poll which was conducted on October 10 2020 had Akeredolu clearing 15 Local Government areas of the state out of 18 with a total of 292,830 votes.
Meanwhile the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, emerged second with 3 local government areas and garnered 195,791 votes.
The third in position, candidate of the Zenith Labour Party and incumbent deputy governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi polled 69,127 votes in all without leading in any local government.
Declaring the winner, the Chief Returning Officer, Prof Idowu Olayinka, said the APC candidate had satisfied the constitutional requirements by garnering the highest percentage in 15 Local Government.
He said: “That Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of APC secures the highest number of votes among the 17 contestants, the margin of lead is higher than the number of cancelled votes, having satisfied constitutional requirements, I hereby declared Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of APC returned elected”.
Reacting to the victory immediately after the declaration at INEC headquarters Akure, the Director-General of the Akeredolu campaign committee, Rt. Hon. Victor Olabimtan thanked the people of the state for the confidence reposed in Akeredolu.
He said: “I thank the people of Ondo State for voting for progress, for voting for industrialisation, for voting for continuity and we will not let them down, it is an overwhelming votes, it shows the people have confidence in our party, and I assure you that Akeredolu will do more in the second term than first term”.