The newly elected governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Sunday thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and John Odigie-Oyegun, the APC national chairman, for their support.
In his victory speech he read at his Owo residence, minutes after he was declared winner, Mr. Akeredolu 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.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported how Governors Akinwunmi Ambode, Rauf Aregbesola and Abiola Ajimobi 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.