By George Onmonya Daniel
The people of Ondo State and the nation are waiting for the declaration of Cheif Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the governor-elect of yesterday’s election following the successful collation of results from all 18 local governments.
At the end of official results announced by the electoral commission, INEC, for 17 local governments, Mr. Akeredolu scored 224,167 votes. His closest challenger, Eyitayo Jegede of the state’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, scored 132,823 votes. Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, currently has 98,230 votes.
The results of one local government, Ilaje, is still being expected and INEC has postponed further announcement of results to 11 a.m.
Apart from winning the highest number of votes cast in the 17 local governments already announced, Mr. Akeredolu also won the highest number of councils. He won in 14 local governments, Mr. Jegede won in two while Mr. Oke won in one local government.
The results from the local governments are hereunder as announced.
APC 4, 253, PDP 7,313 in Ondo East local government PDP
APC 10,681, PDP 8,306 in Ile Oluji Okeigbo local government APC
APC 13,464 PDP 6,493 in Akoko North east local government APC
APC 10,958 PDP 6,742 in Ifedore local government APC
APC 11,138 , AD 6,710, PDP 5,907 in Irele local government APC
APC 13,454, PDP 6,520 Ose local government APC
APC 10,673, PDP 17,382 in Ondo West PDP
APC 6,384, PDP 4,239 in Akoko south east APC
APC 19,892, PDP 7,691, AD 9,359 in Akoko South West APC
APC 13,048, PDP 6,049 in Akoko North West APC
APC 10,710 PDP 6119 Akure north APC
AD 16,294, APC 14,930 Okitipupa local AD
APC 32,988, PDP 4,241 Owo local government APC
APC 10,981, PDP 7,975 Idanre Local APC
APC 17,581, PDP 8,668 Odigbo Local government APC
APC 25,797, PDP 25,005 Akure South Local government APC
APC 10,700, PDP 8,701 Ese Odo local government APC
AD 22,789, APC7, 030, PDP 5, 007 Ilaje local government. AD
The collation officers took time to cancel results from polling units where there were discrepancies and violence, including ballot snatching.
Some voters had commended the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for a hitch-free governorship election.
Meanwhile, Akeredolu has taken to his twitter handle to express gratitude to the people.
He described the victory as the handwork of God through the people. It is not for me or the APC alone, it is a victory for the people of Ondo state irrespective of which side of the divide you stood during the election.
“For me it is a challenge to perform. It is a call to rescue our state and reverse its fortunes.’’
He thanked the people of the state for their steadfastness.
“I have heard their messages throughout the campaign to all the nooks and crannies of the state. Today, you have spoken with one voice. You have walked your talk. You have voted for me as your Governor for the next four years.
“Today, Change has come. I hereby make a solemn pledge that this collective mandate shall address all issues with keen determination. The welfare of our people alone shall be the directive policy of the government.
“Today’s victory is a confirmation of the willingness and readiness of the people of Ondo state to change and seek a better life. I thank you for your faith and confidence in me. I thank all those, whose uncommon sacrifices, contributed in no small measure to the success of the exercise.
“A special show of gratitude must be extended to our security agents for their patriotic duty.’’
He appealed to everyone to embrace peace.
He said that safety of lives and property of the people should be of paramount importance to all.
“Let me use this opportunity to thank, profusely, the President and leader of our party, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his exemplary leadership.
“I thank our indefatigable and principled party chairman, Chief Odigie Oyegun and members of the National Working Committee, APC Governors and Ministers who remained faithful to the Party for their unflinching loyalty.’’
He said that in a in few months, he would be saddled with the task of providing responsible leadership, a leadership that would take our people from poverty and stagnation to productivity and prosperity, from pains and lamentation to joy and laughter.
“It is the sole reason you have voted for me and by the grace of God I will not fail you.
God bless Ondo state, the land of people of uncommon valour.’’