Governor Aiyedatiwa declared winner of Ondo APC primaries

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has been declared winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Ondo state.

Leadership of the ruling party affirmed Aiyedatiwa’s election on Monday morning, after he was reportedly scored a total of 48,569 votes, beating his closest rival, Mayowa Akinfolarin, who polled 15,343 votes. Olusola Oke came third with 14,865 votes in the primaries.

Chairman of the Governorship Primary Election Committee and Governor of Kogi State, Ahmed Ododo, made the pronouncement

He said; “I can confirm that the direct mode of primary election adopted in the 2024 Ondo state governorship primary elections held in all 203 electoral wards in all the 18 LGAs in Ondo state”.

It was gathered Aiyedatiwa, who became acting governor after the death of Rotimi Akeredolu, won in 16 of the 18 LGAs losing out in Ilaje Local government to third-placed Oke.

Meanwhile, a female aspirant, Mrs Folakemi Omogoroye called for the cancellation of the primary election which held on Sunday, over alleged irregularities.

In a statement released on Sunday, she said; “There was no election anywhere”.

Omogoroye lamented the absence of election officials and voting materials at voting centres, rendering her and her supporters unable to exercise their rights the vote.

The statement read; “In a bold move, Engr. Omogoroye called upon the party’s leader, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to intervene and annul the purported election.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu gave us women a renewed hope agenda that prompted me to go into the race with assurance that the election is going to be free and fair and that was why I went into this contest.

“But to my greatest surprise, the reverse is the case. I was on the field from 7am no election materials, were seen, not to talk of seeing any party officials or INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) officials and a voice came up that Aiyedatiwa has won, Aiyedatiwa has won.”