Ondo 2020: Man Stabbed At Polling Unit

 

A man has been stabbed by unknown hoodlums at a polling unit in Ondo State where the gubernatorial election is holding.

The victim whose name is yet to be disclosed was found bleeding on the floor few metres away from where he was supposed to cast his vote.

He was quickly whisked away from Ijomu Ward 4 where the incident took place and was taken to a police clinic in Akure.

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Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of investigations, Lanre Bankole, said the victim is now stable, adding that two suspects have been apprehended in connection with the attack.

He denied that the gunshots heard within the time of the attack on the individual were not from police guns and assured that in due time investigations will reveal what really transpired.

‘God Will Give Me Victory’: Akeredolu Confident Of Securing Second Term

 

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is confident of winning the Ondo Governorship election, pinning his hopes of securing another four-year term on divine backing. 

“Mine [confidence] is about God and that God in His infinite mercy will give me victory,” Akeredolu said after casting his vote at Ward 05, Unit 06, Ijebu 2, Owo, Ondo state. “So, my confidence is in God and I know God will give me victory.”

When asked what he would do if the poll does not turn out in his favour, Akeredolu noted that he has never thought about that but reiterated that he would be victorious.

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“Let me tell you something, I don’t ever think about that. So, I don’t know what will happen,” the governor admitted. “All I know is that when my victory is announced, everybody will rejoice.”

Governor Akeredolu casting his vote during the election.

 

While commenting on the conduct of the election so far, he admitted that though the early morning rain may have affected the exercise, he expressed satisfaction that “We have voted in a peaceful manner.”

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– ‘Protect Your Vote’ – 

Governor Akeredolu urged voters to cast their ballot, and ensure they defend their votes and make them count.

“Go, stay, cast your vote and move out of the place but don’t move too far and make ensure you protect your vote so that your vote can be counted,” he added.

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The Ondo leader will be battling the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s Eyitayo Jegede, Agbola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) among others for the position.

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Ondo Governorship Debate: Akeredolu, Ajayi, Jegede To Square Off At 7pm

 

All is now set for the debate between some of the candidates taking part in the Ondo State Governorship election billed for Saturday.

Three out of 17 candidates were selected and they will take to the stage tonight in an encounter that hopes to unearth the plans of the candidates and how they hope to achieve them.

The candidates are the incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede and the current Deputy Governor and candidate of Zenith Labour Party, Agboola Ajayi.

The debate is being organised by Channels Television, in partnership with the Civil Society Elections Situation Room and UK AID with support from UK foreign commonwealth development office.

Peace Pact

On Tuesday, the governorship aspirants signed a pact in the state capital, Akure, pledging to shun violence during the election and avoid actions that may undermine the peace accord.

The event, facilitated by the National Peace Committee (NPC), had in attendance, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu; and the Inspector-General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who was represented by the DIG Of Police, Research and Planning, Oyebade Adeleye, in attendance.

Others in attendance included the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, Executive Director, YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo and traditional rulers from the state.

With the election drawing close, there have been claims and counterclaims about attacks from the two leading contestants, the candidates of the APC and the PDP.

In the weeks leading up to the election, the convoy of the PDP candidate, Jegede has been attacked severally – a situation which he credited to ‘hoodlums’ who according to him, escort the governor.

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“Why should hoodlums be following a governor?,” Jegede asked, in an interview on Channels TV last Wednesday, as he reiterated that it can only be because they are threatened by him.

The APC, on the other hand, has accused the PDP of attacking its party properties in Owo the hometown of incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

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They also accused some supporters of the opposition party of shooting at passers-by and damaging their vehicles, shops and other building in an attack.

While both parties have denied responsibility of the attacks, they have now signed the pact, agreeing to a violence-free exercise.

Jegede had contested in 2016 under the PDP and is hoping to secure a victory this time.

Also looking to secure a second term, Akeredolu on Tuesday, gave an assurance that the election will be peaceful, even as he urged INEC to ensure that the exercise is free, fair and credible.


The debate will start at 7:00 pm and you can catch it on Channels TV or follow our live updates on all our social media platforms with the hashtag, #ONDODEBATE2020.

Guber Poll: Like Edo, I Expect Ondo People To Vote For Continuity, Says Akeredolu

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

 

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State is confident of winning the governorship election and expects the voters to tow the path of Edo citizens by voting him for another term. 

“When you talk about what played out in Edo, we have left out a particular thing I believe played out in Edo State and that is continuity,” the governor said during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics. 

“The people, I want to believe,  voted for continuity and I expect people in Ondo State to vote for continuity. That particular factor (continuity) is always left out by many people.”

Akeredolu who is contesting for the Ondo Governorship election under the All Progressives Congress (APC), is hanging his re-election hopes on his performance during the first term.

He believes the people of the state will not want to “experiment” with a new leader as they have felt the impact of his development strides.

“People do not find it easy to run away when they see good performance. People want to go for it; they want a repeat of it,” the APC flag bearer explained.

“You don’t just experiment and I believe the people of Ondo will not play lottery (with the election).

“We have shown the people of Ondo State what good governance is all about and I don’t see them not voting for continuity. ”

When asked about those backing him, the governor said he does not have a “godfather,” and maintained that even during his first time of contesting the poll, he had relied on God whom he described as “my father.”

“All I know is that God is my father. This is the second time I’m running for this election and I have always known that God is my father,” he stressed.

 

Ondo Governorship Election: INEC Presents Results

Ondo governorship election, INECCounting of votes, is finally over and officials of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) have reeled out a summary of the results, collated from all 18 Local Government areas of Ondo State.

Results from all 18 local government areas have been announced, including that of Ilaje Local Government Area which had delayed a bit.

Results announced:

ONDO EAST LGA:
AD: 2742, APC: 4253, PDP: 7317, SDP: 48

ILE-OLUJI/OKE-IGBO LGA:
AD: 4525, APC: 10,681, PDP: 8306, SDP: 144

AKOKO N/E LGA:
AD: ‎5367, APC: 13645, PDP: 6496, SDP: 2478

IFEDORE LGA:
AD: 4629, APC: 10,958, PDP: 6747, SDP: 162

IRELE LGA:
AD: 6710, APC: 11,138, PDP: 5,907, SDP: 68

ONDO WEST LGA:
AD: 7154, APC: 10,672, PDP: 17, 382, SDP: 236

‎OSE LGA:
AD: 4272, APC: 13,454, PDP: 6520 SDP:‎ 158

AKURE NORTH LGA:

AD: 4,123, APC: 10,710, PDP: 6,498, SDP: 177

AKOKO SOUTH EAST LGA:

AD: 2,270, APC: 6,384, PDP: 4,239, SDP: 378

AKOKO SOUTH WEST LGA:

AD: 9,359, APC: 19, 892, PDP: 7691, SDP: 515

AKOKO NORTH WEST LGA:

AD: 4,831 , APC: 13, 048, PDP: 6,049, SDP: 4,032

OKITI PUPA LGA:

AD: 16, 294, APC: 14, 930, PDP: 8,031, SDP: 186

OWO LGA:

AD: 2,469, APC: 32, 988, PDP: 4,241, SDP: 181

IDANRE LGA:

AD: 4,836, APC: 10,981, PDP: 7,575, SDP: 58

ODIGBO LGA:

AD: 8,187, APC: 17, 581, PDP: 8,668, SDP: 276

AKURE SOUTH LGA:

AD: 12, 270, APC: 25, 797, PDP: 25,005, SDP: 689

ESE ODO LGA:

AD: 3,562, APC: 10, 700, PDP: 8,701, SDP: 202

ILAJE LGA:

AD: 22, 789, APC: 7,030, PDP: 5,007 SDP: 159

Total:

AD: 126,889

APC: 244, 842

PDP: 150, 380