4 September 2016
Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has been elected as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
At a party primary held in Akure on Saturday, Akeredolu, who was the flag bearer of the Action Congress Party of Nigeria (ACN) in the 2012 governorship election, won the APC’s primary with 669 votes, defeating his closest opponent, Chief Olusegun Abraham, who scored 635 votes.
ACN teamed up with other opposition parties to form the ruling APC in Nigeria.
Chief Olusola Oke scored 576 votes, while Senator Ajayi Boroffice scored 471 votes to place third and fourth, respectively.
Gov. Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa, who was the Electoral Committee Chairman for the primary, announced the result that declared Rotimi Akeredolu as winner and candidate of the party.
“Having scored the highest votes, I hereby declare Akeredolu Oluwarotimi as the winner and Ondo APC governorship candidate,’’ he said.
Abubakar noted that 24 aspirants earlier contested for the election while one Mr Paul Akintelure officially withdrew his candidacy before the commencement of the election.
Thirteen of the contestants scored between one and 17 votes each.
Abubakar congratulated other aspirants for promptly conceding defeat, and urged them to team up with the winner and work together to enable the party to win the governorship election in November.
The governor also commended the 2,774 delegates that participated in the primary and party leaders for their conduct, which he said led to a free, fair and credible primary.
In his acceptance speech, Akeredolu appreciated the electoral committee and the delegates for the free, fair and credible primary election that saw his emergence as the party’s candidate for the November election.
Akeredolu also thanked all the aspirants for the wonderful campaign.
“Today our great party has produced a candidate for the governorship election in Ondo State.
“We are looking forward to all aspirants working together as a family to win the November election,’’ Akeredolu said.
Meanwhile, there was a shoot-out in the area as some policemen and personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) clashed at the venue.
Trouble started when some policemen were said to have accused some NSCDC officers of not saluting a Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Joshak Habila, who was there to monitor the exercise.
Habila was said to have arrived the venue in company of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Mr Dan Bature.
The policemen were said to have walked the NSDC officers out of the venue of the election.
The shootout took place when attempts were made by the policemen to prevent the State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Adeyinka Fasiu, from accessing the venue.
The shootings led to a panic with aspirants, delegates and journalists fleeing the scene.
It took the quick intervention of other security agents and senior police officers to restore normalcy.
Police spokesman in the state, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, saying it was the result of a minor disagreement between some junior officers of the two security agencies, adding that normalcy was promptly restored.