Arákùnrin Rotimi Akeredolu has been re-elected as Governor of Ondo State on the back of a campaign in which he promised to provide composed and focused leadership marked by economic growth and improved security for people in the State.
The incumbent Governor, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, swept to victory by winning 15 of the 18 Local Governments.
Governor Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress won 292,830 votes, while Mr Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party and Mr Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party came second and third in the election with 195,791 and 69,127 votes, respectively.
Declaring the winner of the election on Sunday, October 11, 2020, the vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, who served as the Chief Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Olayinka, said: “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.”
Professor Olayinka announced the winner at the Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Akure, which doubles as the final collation centre.
Channels TV reports that residents of the State came out on Saturday, October 10, 2020, across 3,009 polling units of 203 electoral wards/ registration areas in the 18 Local Government Areas (LGA) of the State, to choose their Leader for the next four years.
The poll, the second major election to be conducted since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, was preceded by a dramatic campaign featuring 17 Political Parties and their candidates, all racing for the top Political Office in the South-Western State.
Up to 11 contenders pulled out of the race in favour of other candidates just in the final days of the campaign with the trio of Akeredolu, Jegede and Ajayi emerging as the leading contenders.