After clinching 292, 745 of the 572, 745 valid votes, incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, was returned to office by the good people of Ondo State in a relatively free, fair and peaceful election.
He is the second, after Dr Olusegun Mimiko, to achieve this feat.
His runner up, Eyitayo Jegede, recorded a distant 195, 791 votes.
The Governor won in 15 of the state’s 18 local governments, against much expectation.
Political pundits had predicted a close race, as their calculation was that the Governor will sweep his Ondo North Senatorial District, Jegede his Akure District and Ajayi Ondo South District , as well as Ondo Central, where his party Chairman, Olusegun Mimiko hails from.
The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ), has through the smooth organization of the election, coming weeks after the Edo governorship election, proved its capability in organizing credible elections.
The run up to both elections, had led to predictions of violence and electoral manipulation but the Commission was up to the task, despite the fire incident at its Akure state headquarters and burning of card readers and capsizing of a boat carrying electoral materials.
ONDO ELECTION STATISTICS
With the smooth conduct of the October 10 Ondo governorship election and declaration of incumbent Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu as winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ), we bring our esteemed readers a statistics of the election.
572, 745 votes were cast, 18, 448 were declared invalid and 16, 000 votes cancelled while the winner APC Rotimi Akeredolu clinched 292, 830 votes and runner up PDP Eyitayo Jegede recorded 195, 791 votes.
33, 000 policemen were deployed for the conduct of the election, 17 candidates representing 17 political parties took part in the election.
The APC candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu won in 15 of the state’s 18 local governments, with a 97,039 vote margin over PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.
Third place Zenith Labour Party ( ZLP ) candidate, Agboola AjayI, the state’s incumbent Deputy Governor, clinched a total of 69, 127 votes.