The newly Governor-elect of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, on Sunday shower praises on President Muhammadu Buhari and John Odigie-Oyegun, the APC national chairman, for their support.
The former Nigeria Bar Association NBA chairman in his victory speech he read at his Owo residence, minutes after he was declared winner,said his victory was not only for him and supporters of his party, APC, but for all the residents of Ondo State.
He thanked all governors and officials of the APC “who are loyal” to the party, in what might be a snipe at some APC governors who refused to campaign for him.
It could be recalled that Governors Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos , his counterpart in Osun Rauf Aregbesola and Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State boycotted Mr. Akeredolu’s campaigns. A national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, also boycotted the campaign after he criticised the primary process that produced Mr. Akeredolu.
Mr. Akeredolu scored 244,842 votes to defeat 27 others in the governorship election held on Saturday.
Eyitatyo Jegede of the PDP came second with 150,380 votes while Olusola Oke of the AD scored 126,889 votes to come third, the INEC returning officer, Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali, said.
“By the grace of God, I will not fail you (people of Ondo State),” Mr. Akeredolu said in his speech.