The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has announced Rotimi Akeredolu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the winner of the Saturday Ondo State governorship election.
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INEC announced on Sunday that Akeredolu polled 292,830 votes, while his main challenger, Eyitayo Jegede and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), got 195,791 votes.
The deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, who defected to the PDP and then Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), polled 69, 127 votes to finish third in the exercise.
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Professor Idowu Olayinka, INEC’s Chief Returning Officer, who declared the results of the election at the office of the electoral body in Akure, said Akeredolu, who is the incumbent governor, won 15 out of the 18 Local Governments in the state, while Jegede only won three.
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“Having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes, I hereby declare Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu of the APC as the winner, and he is hereby returned elected,” Olayinka said.
It is the second time Akeredolu is defeating Jegede.
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In 2016, Akeredolu with Ajayi as his running mate, defeated the PDP candidate to win his first tenure in office.