Updated: Mimiko wins Ondo governorship poll

Olusegun Mimiko
Olusegun Mimiko

The Labour Party candidate won in 13 Local Government Areas.

The Labour Party candidate and incumbent governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, has been declared the winner of last Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

Mr. Mimiko polled a total of 260,199, securing 44 percent of total valid votes and winning in 13 out of the 18 local councils in the state.

Adebiyi Daramola, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Returning Officer, returned the incumbent governor as duly elected.

“That Dr. Rahman Olusegun Mimiko of LP having certified the requirement of the law having polled the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner,” Prof. Daramola, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, announced.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Olusola Oke, polled 155,961 votes (26 percent of total valid votes); while Rotimi Akeredolu of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, secured a total of 143,512 total votes (24 percent of total valid votes).

In addition to winning 63 percent of the total valid votes cast in his native Ondo West local council, Mr. Mimiko also polled 62 percent of total valid votes cast in Akure South, which has the highest population of registered voters in the state.

Mr. Oke of the PDP won in three local councils, including his native Ilaje local council where he got 56 percent of the total valid votes.

In the two local councils where the ACN won – Owo and Akoko South West – Mr. Akeredolu polled 44 percent and 36 percent of total valid votes respectively.

The results show that the Labour Party candidate has met the second requirement for electoral victory in the state, which requires him to have at least 25% votes in 2/3 of the number of LGA’s in the state.

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