The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Governor Rotimi Akeredolu winner of the Ondo Governorship Election held on Saturday.
The incumbent governor got 292,830 votes to defeat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 195,791 votes.
Akeredolu’s current deputy, Agboola Ajayi, who contested under the Zenith Labour Party, came third with 69, 127 votes.
The governor won 15 out of the 18 Local Government Areas in the state, while PDP’s Jegede won three, Akure South, Akure North, and Ifedore LGAs. Ajayi could not even win his own LGA.
Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the Ondo State Election Chief Returning Officer, and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, declared Akeredolu winner of the election at the INEC headquarters in Akure, the capital of Ondo State.
“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.”
Be humble and magnanimous in victory – President Buhari tells Akeredolu
President Muhammadu Buhari in his reaction to the victory of Governor Akeredolu urged him to be humble and magnanimous in victory.
The President stated this in a message issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Buhari also commended INEC for organising a credible election.
His statement titled “President Buhari congratulates Rotimi Akeredolu on re-election as Ondo governor,” reads below in parts;
“President Muhammadu Buhari rejoices with Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, on his re-election as Governor of Ondo State for another four-year term.
“The President lauds the resounding victory of the Governor at the election held on Saturday, October 10, 2020, noting that the votes garnered ‘show that one good turn surely deserves another.’
“He thanks the people of Ondo State for keeping faith with their Governor, and the All Progressives Congress, noting that ‘the people know the person and party that truly serves them, and have spoken in clear voice and unmistakable terms.’
“President Buhari appreciates the electorate in Ondo State for comporting themselves decently and in order, and for exhibiting conduct that indicates that the country is making progress in its electoral behaviour.
“He also gives kudos to the Independent National Electoral Commission for organising credible, free and fair election, and to security agencies which ensured that orderliness was enthroned and maintained.
“The President urges Gov Akeredolu to be humble and magnanimous in victory, and serve the people of Ondo State even better than how he did in the first term, noting: ‘when you serve with heart and might, the people respond in like manner, and we can easily get to where we are headed as a country.’”
Akeredolu speaks after victory
Governor Akeredolu in his statement after he was declared winner of the election, noted that his victory shows that the people of the state trust in him.
The governor who spoke at his hometown, Owo, assured the people that he would ensure that his re-election brings growth to the state.
“We have noted the few dissenting voices of protest in this referendum. We heard them loud and clear. We intend to address genuine grievances. We shall continue to focus on the development of our God-given space, the Sunshine State.
“This Administration will not be distracted in the discharge of our sacred mandate. The people will continue to be at the centre of all decisions.
“Our state has no business with poverty. Sincere, purposeful, and focused leadership should have little difficulty in harnessing the vast resources, both human and natural. We will put in everything to justify the trust reposed in us.”
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