Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has been declared the winner of the state governorship election held on Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Akeredolu contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and will return to the office for a second term.
The announcement was made on Sunday by the Election Chief Returning Officer, Prof Idowu Olayinka in Akure.
Olayinka is also the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.
Akeredolu recorded 292,830 votes to defeat 16 other candidates including Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, who polled 195,791 votes.
The candidate of Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, Agboola Ajayi, recorded 69, 127 votes.
Announcing the winner of the election, the returning officer declared: “I hereby certify that I am the returning officer of the Ondo State election and that the election was conducted and the candidates received the following votes – Oluwarotimi Akeredolu got 292,830, Eyitayo Jegede got 195,791 and Agboola Ajayi got 69,127.
“That Oluwarotimi Akeredolu secured the highest number of votes among the 17 contestants. Moreover, he was expected to score 25 per cent in two-thirds of the state but he scored it across the 18 LGAs.
“Consequently, having satisfied the requirements of the law, I hereby declare Akeredolu as the winner and he is hereby returned elected.”