The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is yet to officially release all the vote returns for candidates of Saturday’s Ondo governorship election though, early results have been bandied by various unofficial sources. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reported
Rotimi Akeredolu of the national ruling All Progressives Congress (APC ) might emerge victorious. Akeredolu is said to have polled 45,609 votes so far released, Eyitayo Jegede of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with 42,987 votes, and Alliance for Democracy (AD) Olusola Oke in distant third with 18,679. Olu Agunsoye, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) got 3,458.
The figures represent 39 per cent of the collated results so far.
The results are from some wards of the 13 local governments, including Akoko north East, Akoko southeast, Akoko south west, Owo and Akure North.
Others are Ifedore , Akoko Northwest, Akure South, Ose, Idanre, Ile Oluji, Ese Odo and Okeigbo/ Ile Oluji.
Card Reader Rejects Mimiko
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which had called for the election postponed, may dispute fairness in the election due to malfunctioning card readers in various polling centres. Ondo Governor Olusegun Mimiko couldn’t be accredited by, and his thumbprint rejected by the device. Mimiko, who voted at his Ward 7, Unit 20 Polling Unit in Ondo West Local Government Area, had to fill an incident form to vote in the election. Mimiko called the incident a ploy for “rigging”.
“Ondo people will not allow any form of rigging or manipulation through the card reader or any other form,” he said.
Jegede, the PDP candidate, had also complained faulty machines were deployed to his strongholds, leading to alleged disenfranchisement of his supporters.