Akeredolu wins Ondo election

Rotimi Akeredolu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared the incumbent and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu re-elected.

Akeredolu polled 292,830 votes to emerge winner of the election held on Saturday.

His main rivals Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got 195,791 votes while Agboola Ajayi of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) got 69,127 votes.

INEC’s returning officer Prof. Idowu Olayinka said Akeredolu met all conditions required to be returned as governor-elect for the state.

Akeredolu won in 15 of the 18 local government areas where the election held.

“Oluwarotimi Akeredolu secured the highest number of votes among the 17 contestants. He was expected to score 25 per cent of votes in 12 LGA’s, but he scored 25 per cent in all 18 LGA’s in the state.

“Moreover the margin of lead, that is the difference between his votes and the candidate who came second, is higher than the number of cancelled votes.

“So, consequently, having satisfied the requirements of the law, I hereby declare Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the winner, and is hereby returned elected,” Olayinka said.