- Akeredolu the Governor-elect of Ondo state, has sent out messages of thanks to all his supporters
- Aketi specially thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief John Oyegun
- Governor Rochas Okorocha and Speaker Yakubu Dogara have reacted to the victory
Rotimi Akeredolu, the newly elected governor of Ondo state, has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and John Odigie-Oyegun, the APC national chairman, for their roles in his landslide victory of the gubernatorial race.
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.
According to Premium Times, Akeredolu 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.
Earlier reports had it that 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.
Meanwhile, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Sunday said the outcome of the Ondo gubernatorial election has further confirmed the acceptability of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the South West region of Nigeria.
In a statement released to newsmen in Owerri, by Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodor, also said the people “voted wisely.”
While congratulating Chief Rotimi Akeredolu of the APC for his victory, he said, “the people of Ondo State have spoken with their votes and they spoke well.
Their decision to be part of the APC government at the centre is commendable.” It was the view of the Governor that, “With their votes, they have passed vote of confidence on APC and President Mohammadu Buhari.
They will never be disappointed in the APC government in the state.” He added that, “the people of Ondo State have voted wisely” adding ” explaining that the way they had voted only indicated how highly intelligent they are in interpreting political development and how richly they are endowed with wisdom.” He also “urged other candidates in the election to congratulate the winner without further delay.”
In a similar vein, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said the emergence of Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the governor – elect of Ondo State is an indication that people still love the party.
In a statement by his media aide, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker congratulated Akeredolu on his victory at the poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had earlier today declared Akeredolu as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election.
According to Dogara, “The election of Barrister Akeredolu and the APC in Ondo state is a clear indication of the popularity of our political party.
“The victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election is proof that the party is still loved by Nigerians.
“I would like to congratulate my learned colleague on his victory at the poll, and also commend our great party, the All Progressives Congress, for a thorough and successful campaign.”
“As a party, we must take our victory in Ondo seriously since the people have placed enormous trust in us.
“We must, therefore, deliver on policies that will improve their standard of living."