Akeredolu wins Ondo Governorship Election

Rotimi Akeredolu, incumbent governor of Ondo State has won the gubernatorial election in his state. The candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), won 15 local government areas of the state out of the 18 that exist. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Eyitayo Jegede won the remaining three LGAs.  The incumbent deputy governor of the state and candidate of the Zenith Labour party, Agboola Ajayi came third. This was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s   (INEC) returning officer and vice chancellor of the university of Ibadan, Idowu Olayinka.

According to Olayinka a total of 572,745 valid vote were recorded. 18,448 where rejected and about 16,000 votes were cancelled. Akeredolu polled 292830 votes, Jegede polled 195,791 with a difference of 97,039 votes. Ajayi on the other hand polled 69,127 votes.

President Buhari congratulated the Governor. The President in a statement released by his media aide:

President Muhammadu Buhari rejoices with Rotimi Akeredolu 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 (APC), 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 behavior.

He also gives kudos to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for organizing 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.”

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media and Publicity)

Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State also congratulated the governor:

“It is a new day in Ondo State. Congratulations to my brother Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), and a bigger congratulation to the APC members in the state. The biggest applause, however, goes to the good people of Ondo State for ensuring the election was held in an atmosphere devoid of rancour, violence, and blood-letting as many had predicted.

“It is heart-warming to see the electorate reward Governor Akeredolu’s good performance in terms of industrialisation and infrastructure development of the state among others with electoral victory.

“To whom much is given, much should be expected. I have no doubt that the good people of Ondo State would witness a greater level of socio-economic, industrial, and infrastructure development in Governor Akeredolu’s second term. Governor Fayemi urged the APC leadership to build on the electoral success in Ondo State for future elections.

“It is a wake-up call that with a laser beam focus, proper planning, unity, and sincerity of purpose, elections are almost always winnable. It is hoped that the various bye-elections coming up at the end of the month will benefit from this renewed vigour and focus in our party”, Dr. Fayemi added.

Yinka Oyebode

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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