Ondo All Progressives Congress governorship candidate emerges

Yinka Salaam and Taiwo Ojedele

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the November 26, governorship election in Ondo state, Southwest Nigeria has emerged.

He is the former President of the Nigerian Bar Association Rotimi Akeredolu.

Akeredolu scored 669 votes to defeat his closest rival Olusegun Abraham, who scored 635 votes.

Voting in the primaries commenced at 12:15 pm and ended at 6:00pm while counting started at 6:30pm. The peaceful election was preceded by the accreditation of delegates at three locations in Akure, the state capital.

Rather than waiting till the end of the accreditation before commencing voting, accredited delegates were moved in special buses from accreditation points to the voting centre.

About 3000 delegates voted in the election that had 24 aspirants.

Chairman of the election primaries committee and Jigawa State Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, announced Akeredolu as the winner of the poll at about 12:51am

Build-up to Primaries

Voice of Nigeria recalls that the build up to the primaries was characterised by tension within the party following allegations that some party leaders within and outside the State had endorsed a particular aspirant and also directed the party leadership in the state to ensure his emergence as its candidate.

Rotimi Akeredolu was the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN in the 2012 governorship election in the state.

He however came third in that election trailing behind the incumbent governor and candidate of the Labour Party, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Wale Oke.

With his emergence, the former President of the body of lawyers in Nigeria now has another chance to seek the mandate of the People of Ondo State on November 26.

In an acceptance speech, former NBA President appealed to all other aspirants to remain as one family as they had been throughout the period of campaign.

While appreciating the thoroughness of the committee, Akeredolu urged other aspirants to remain united to ensure that they defeat the ruling party come November 26th governorship election in the state.

“I must salute the thoroughness of the Committee led by our highly revered Governor. You have indeed lived to your billings. You gave us listening ear and you never imposed anything on us. We are twenty four that contested this election. On behalf of all the other aspirants, I expressed our appreciation to you for a job well done.”

“Today is indeed a great day. Our primaries has produced a Governor that will take over from the ruling party. Governor Mimiko knows that we have come and undoubtedly, we are going to produce the next Governor.

“I thank everyone, including the security agents and the press, we will surely change the face of governance in Ondo State”, he said.

Others aspirants include: Tunji Abayomi, Ademola Adegoroye, Derin Adesida, Akinyinka Akinola, Patrick Akinyelure, Omotayo Alasoadura, Jumoke Anifowoshe-Ajasin, Jamiu Ekungba and Niran Oladunnni.

Others are Oke Olusola, Olabimtan Victor, Boye Oyewunmi, Ajayi Borrofice, Olusegun Abraham; Tayo Alasoadura;  Bode Ayorinde, Akinwale Akingbade, Akinrinsola Odunayo,Bukola Adetula; Niyi Adegbonmire; Foluso Adefemi, Akinola Olayinka; Tunji Ariyo.

Mr. Kabiru Omosanya, an administrative secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ondo state, led the team that monitored the election.

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