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Akeredolu wins Ondo state governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). has declared Governor Rotimi Akeredolu winner of Saturday’ s governorship election in the state , having had the highest number of votes amounting to 292,830 votes .

Akeredolu defeated the PDP candidate , Eyitayo Jegede, who got a total of 195,791 votes , and the Deputy Governor , Agboola Ajayi, of the Zenith Labour Party , who came a distant third with 69 , 127 votes .

The Ondo State Election Chief Returning Officer, and Vice- Chancellor of the University of Ibadan , Prof Idowu Olayinka, made the announcement on Sunday at the INEC headquarters in Akure .

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 LGAs.

“ Consequently , having satisfied the requirements of the law , I hereby declare Akeredolu as the winner and he is hereby returned elected . ”

Though Jegede won the first LG ( Ifedore) result to be announced ,

Akeredolu maintained a comfortable lead after 16 of the 18 LGAs ’ results were announced .

Jegede won in Akure South , Akure North , and Ifedore LGAs while the Deputy Governor and Zenith Labour Party candidate , Agboola Ajayi, won none .

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Written by Eniola olugbemi

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