had late on Monday night, reported that the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, emerged victorious in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governorship primary election in the State, and has become the Candidate of the ruling party in the October 10, Governorship election in the State.
Akeredolu was declared the party’s flag bearer, having won the highest number of lawful votes at the party’s primary election, which held at the International Conference Centre, Akure, the State capital.
The Chairman of the Governorship primary election Committee, who is also the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, announced the results at the end of the exercise which lasted for several hours.
Three of the Governorship Aspirants, Jimi Odimayo, Ife Oyedele, and Olusegun Abraham, had before the commencement of the election, withdrawn from the race and supported Akeredolu.
The three Aspirants said that they took the decision, after due consultation with members and Stakeholders of the party, from both within and outside the State, adding that, they are convinced that Akeredolu has all it takes to win the Governorship poll, come October 10.
Other Aspirants who participated in the primary election were: Chief Olusola Oke, Sola Iji, Isaacs Kekemeke, Olaide Adelami, Mrs. Jumoke Anifowose, Nathaniel Adojutelegan, and Bukola Adetula.
Akeredolu who polled the highest number of votes in all the 18 Local Government Areas of the State, was overwhelmingly voted for by many of the Delegates, as he beat his closest rival, Chief Olusola Oke, with over 50 percent of the votes.
Describing the election as a free and fair one, Governor Yahaya Bello said that members of the Committee were fair to all the Aspirants that participated in the election.
While urging all the Aspirants that participated in the election to support the party’s Governorship Candidate, to ensure the victory of the party in the Governorship election, Governor Bello said that the outcome of the election showed the level of acceptance of Akeredolu, by members of the party in the State.