The Ondo State governorship
election held on Saturday was a tight race between the candidate of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) Mr Rotimi Akeredolu and the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.
Some of early results from some
units and ward in the state indicated that the two candidates ran neck-to-neck
in some areas and held on to their domains.
The Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC), is expected to announce the winner today.
The PDP won in Ondo Unit 20 Ward 7,
where the state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, cast his vote, with 176 votes, APC with 40 votes and AD with 25
The PDP also won at Unit 009, Ward
2 where the party’s candidate cast his vote, winning with 184 votes, APC
77votes and AD, 32 votes.
The AD candidate, Olusola Oke, also
won in most of the units in the southern senatorial district but lost in the
northern and central senatorial districts.
Though the election was peaceful,
there was alleged heavy financial inducement by some agents of the party who
openly induced voters to vote for their parties.
One of the party’s supporters said,
“Over N450,000 was sent to each units in the state at the wake of this
election. But people were ready to take the money because of the hunger in the
Most voters in Owo, where the APC
candidate hails from, cast their votes for Akeredolu while the party was able
to gather some votes in the Central Senatorial district, especially in Akure,
the stronghold of the PDP candidate.
The election recorded large turnout
of voters across the state,with voters arriving the voting units as early as
7.00 a.m while accreditation and voting commenced by 8.00 a.m and ended by 3:00
Heavy presence of security agents
was noticed across the state, while some towns were heavily secured, apparently
to forestall any form of violence.
The smart card readers were said to
have malfunctioned in many areas which included Akure South, Ilaje, Ifedore,
Ondo West and some other parts of the state.
But the Resident Electoral
Commissioner (REC), Segun Agbaje, said the commission addressed the