Ondo Election: Akeredolu In Early Lead As Collation Continues

A photo of Governor Akeredolu casting his vote on Saturday, October 10, 2020.
A photo of Governor Akeredolu casting his vote on Saturday, October 10, 2020.

 

The incumbent Governor of Ondo State and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Rotimi Akeredolu, shot into an early lead on Sunday as the Independent National Electoral Commission began to announce results from the state’s Governorship election held on Saturday.

After 12 local governments, the Governor, who is seeking re-election for another four years, recorded 178,854 votes.

His closest challenger, the Peoples Democratic Party’s Eyitayo Jegede, recorded 141,083 votes.

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Akeredolu also emerged victorious in nine out of the first 10 local government results announced.

Another major contender, the State’s Deputy Governor and candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Agboola Ajayi, had recorded 32,060 votes.

The INEC officials are expected to reconvene by 9 am on Sunday to announce the results from the remaining six local governments and, subsequently, the eventual winner of the election.

PHOTOS: Sights, Scenes From Ondo Governorship Election

PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun

 

The electorate across the 18 local governments of Ondo State on Saturday went to the polls to cast their ballots for the person who will lead them for the next four years.

Voters including young and old citizens and the disabled were also not left out as they were assisted to the polls to cast their votes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier confirmed that 17 political parties are on the ballot for the election, although some had earlier collapsed their structures to campaign for others.

See photos of the electorates below…

 

 

‘It Is A Mark Of Desperation,’ Akeredolu’s Wife Debunks ‘Absurd’ Fake Video

Ondo State governor Rotimi Akeredolu and wife Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu. PHOTO: Channels TV

 

The wife of Ondo State governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has debunked a fake video that claimed that she was attacked by some hoodlums at the ongoing election in the state.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, she condemned the claims and described it as a mark of desperation by politicians who are afraid that her husband is winning.

“It’s a mark of desperation. They have sensed a failure. It is like someone drowning and you want to drag a straw, they will definitely drown. I just hope that we could play politics in a more polished manner with some elements of civility.”

Watch the full video below…

Ondo Poll: INEC Creating Problems For Voters But I Will Win, Says Jegede

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of creating problems for voters but expressed confidence that he would win the Ondo governorship election.

He stated this on Saturday while briefing reporters at the Sacred Heart Primary School along Cathedral Road in Akure.

“Here, at this polling unit, the voters have conducted themselves in an orderly and peaceful manner, and turn out has been massive,” the PDP candidate said shortly after casting his vote at Polling Unit 9, Ward 2 in Akure South Local Government Area.

“Unfortunately, it is INEC that is creating the problems for our voters, not the voters creating problems for INEC.”

While assessing the conduct of the election, Jegede took a swipe at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), comparing the performance of the electoral umpire in Ondo to that of Edo, and concluded that it (INEC) did better in the latter.

“I plead with INEC to improve on its performance. The performance of Edo was very good,” he added.

He also called for more focus on the voting areas where he said vote buyers stand to convince voters.

“They will claim to be observers or INEC officials but they stay directly behind those who are voting, giving signals to those people to go and collect money,” the governorship hopeful claimed.

Ondo 2020: Boat Conveying INEC Workers, Electoral Materials Capsizes

 

A boat conveying some ad-hoc Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) workers and electoral materials to the riverine Ilaje communities in Ondo State has capsized.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ondo State, Rufus Oloruntoyin Akeju, who confirmed the incident, said the boat capsized on Friday night during the movement of “personnel and materials to the riverine Registration Areas of Ilaje Local Government Area (LGA).”

“Fortunately, all personnel and election materials were rescued when the boat capsized,” Akeju added.

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The rescue efforts were carried out by personnel of the Nigerian Navy who escorted the boats.

The movement of the election materials and the personnel was eventually concluded and voting commenced as planned in all the polling units on Saturday.

INEC, therefore, commended the resilience and professionalism of the Nigerian Navy as well as those of all other personnel involved in the exercise.

PHOTOS: Ondo Election Gets Underway

 

The long-awaited Ondo election is already underway.

Across 18 local governments, voters have begun to cast their ballots for the person who will lead them for the next four years.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 17 parties are on the ballot, although some have collapsed their structures to campaign for others.

Incumbent Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress is also seeking re-election but is expected to face stiff competition from the Peoples Democratic Party’s Eyitayo Jegede and the Zenith Labour Party’s Agboola Ajayi.

Below are photos from various polling centres where the electoral exercise is ongoing.


 

 

 

Police In Show Of Force Ahead Ondo Election

Police officers in preparation ahead Ondo 2020 election. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun

 

Police officers have assured the people of Ondo State of readiness to ensure peaceful conduct during the governorship election.

Mr Leye Oyebade, who is the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) overseeing police operations during the election in Ondo, gave the assurance on Friday in Akure, the state capital during the police show of force.

According to him, the police have put necessary measures in place to ensure the exercise goes smoothly and ensure the security of the electorate.

 

See photos from the show of force event below…

Ondo Residents In Last Minute Shopping Ahead Guber Polls

Food items on display in a market in Akure, Ondo State capital. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Residents of Akure, the Ondo State capital on Friday went into last-minute shopping ahead of the governorship election scheduled for Saturday, October 10.

Less than 24 hours to the D-day, increased commercial activities dominated the atmosphere areas including markets, major roads, and business hubs.

Residents thronged major markets as they purchased essential food items. The high influx of shoppers at the markets led to heavy vehicular movement and gridlock.

 

See photos from the markets below…

Ondo Election: Police Promise Better Performance Than In Edo

A file photo of police officers on duty.

 

Police have assured the people of Ondo State of a better performance than they did in Edo during the governorship election.

Mr Leye Oyebade, who is the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) overseeing police operations during the election in Ondo, gave the assurance on Friday in Akure, the state capital.

According to him, the police have put necessary measures in place to ensure the exercise goes smoothly and ensure the security of the electorate.

“We have all that it takes; the personnel have been trained to be professional, the technical platforms are working and we are ready to the election,” the DIG told Channels Television at the Command Headquarters in Akure.
He added, “As you have seen us here, the morale of the officers is very high, and we are here to sacrifice; we are going to do it passionately to ensure that we get the success that we desire and deserve.”

Oyebade gave an update on the security situation in the state, noting that the police were aware of the pockets of violence recorded recently in some parts of the state.

He, however, stressed that some actions have been taken to avert a reoccurrence, including the deployment of security operatives to identified flashpoints.

The DIG also revealed that the police have carried out a threat analysis, saying they would not to close their eyes on other areas.

He stated that covert operatives who are not in uniform would be deployed to strategic locations to monitor the election for prompt arrest of persons that may be involved in vote-buying and other electoral offenses.

Speaking about the introduction of technology to secure Ondo State during the election, Oyebade said, “Take it as I have just said it, we won’t be able to divulge all.”

He added, “But let me just say one or two things; we will track our suspects, we will track would-be offenders, we will track those that we have arrested, and we will equally do a lot of airspace monitoring and that is using our helicopter.

“We are also going to dominate the water space, we are in collaboration with naval personnel to ensure that no crisis, no problem is coming from the waterways.”

Ondo Election: PDP Rejects OAU VC As Chief Returning Officer

The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.
The Peoples Democratic Party is one of the major political parties in Nigeria.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the Chief Returning Officer for the Ondo election who is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede.

In a statement by the chairman of the PDP Ondo State Governorship National Campaign Council, Seyi Makinde, the party alleged that Professor Ogunbodede is a known crony to the All Progressives Congress (APC), governorship candidate Rotimi Akeredolu and hails from the same hometown (Owo).

The PDP claims that Prof. Ogunbodede will not be fair in the discharge of his duty as the Ondo Governorship election Chief Returning Officer.

“It has come to our knowledge that the people of Ondo State will not be getting free and fair elections if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as presently composed will be overseeing the elections.

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“We are speaking in particular about the appointment of Professor Eyitope Ogungbenro Ogunbodede, the Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife as the Chief Returning Officer of the Ondo State Governorship election.

“The PDP totally rejects Prof. Ogunbodede as the Chief Returning Officer, he is a known crony of Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the same hometown as the candidate. He cannot be a fair party in the proceedings by virtue of their association”, the statement said.

See Full Statement Below:

The Governorship election is slated to hold on Saturday, October 10, 2020, and the people of Ondo will be heading to the polls to vote for the governor who will pilot the affairs of the state in the next four years.

 

Ondo Election: We Can’t Rest On Our Oars, INEC Chairman Tells Staff

File photo: INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a press conference in Abuja on February 14, 2020: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has charged staff of the organization to resist any action that will mar the Ondo Governorship election, saying the electoral umpire cannot rest on its oars. 

“Indeed, our staff members, assisted by the security agencies and other critical stakeholders, did not spare any effort in ensuring the successful conduct of the election,” he said in a statement on Thursday, while recalling the success recorded by INEC in the recently concluded Edo Governorship election.

“Clearly, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are pleased with the outcome and we are encouraged by their commendations. However, we cannot afford to rest on our oars. Another end-of-tenure Governorship election is upon us. There is now an even higher expectation on Ondo State.”

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While restating the body’s resolve for a free and fair election in Ondo State, Professor Mahmood implored INEC staff to “resist any form of temptation and let your individual actions be guided by the extant laws and good conscience,” stressing that “only the choice of the electorate” will prevail.

“Always remember that any unethical action by one INEC official is capable of rubbing off on all of us,” he explained. “Remain vigilant, principled and committed to the mission and vision of the Commission.”

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The Ondo governorship election will take place on Saturday, October 10th with the incumbent, Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Eyitayo Jegede among candidates jostling for the position.

 

 

Ondo Election: Desist From Partisan Use Of Security Forces, YIAGA Tells Govt

 

A non-governmental organisation, Yiaga Africa has urged the government to shun the use of police and other security agencies during elections.

The Executive Director of the group, Samson Itodo, made the appeal on Thursday in Akure, the Ondo State capital ahead of the governorship election in the state.

“Given the pervasive threat to safety and security in the Ondo election, Yiaga Africa urges the Federal and state government to desist from partisan use of the police and security forces to manipulate the electoral process,” he said.

Itodo added, “In ensuring adequate security for the election, security agencies should manage their operation with the utmost levels of neutrality and professionalism.

“Respect for the law and citizen’s constitutional and civic rights should be maintained without excessive use of force.”
He also asked the security agencies to ensure the protection for voters, observer groups, media, and vulnerable voters, especially women and persons with disabilities.

The executive director believes voter turnout may increase if the security agencies prove that the environment is secured for them to exercise their franchise.

He stressed that it was important for the security agencies to enforce appropriate sanctions for any form of violation of the right to vote.

Itodo also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the early payment of the allowance of ad-hoc officials for the election.

According to him, the electoral body must ensure all vehicles to be used for the movement of election materials and personnel are deployed to the Registration Area Camps a day before the commencement of the poll.

The executive director urged INEC to collaborate with the security agencies, especially the police to arrest and prosecute any member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) who violates the contractual agreement or makes any attempt to undermine the election.

“INEC should sustain the use of the election results viewing portal and ensure timely post of the Form EC 8 A at the polling units.

“Also, INEC should post information on Polling Unit (PU) where elections were cancelled or PUs where elections didn’t hold on the results viewing portal,” he said.

Itodo added, “INEC must show utmost professionalism in election administration and ensure timely, effective, and secure deployment of its staff, materials (sensitive and non-sensitive), and other resources needed for the election to enable early commencement of polls.”

The Co-Chairs of Yiaga Africa WTV Working Group, Dr Aisha Abdullahi and Ezenwa Nwagu, who were also at the briefing, decried the recent incidents of violence in the state ahead of the poll.

They noted that pre-election observation findings revealed a consistent trend of violence and arms stockpiling across some local government areas in the state.
Abdullahi and Nwagu were also worried that the low turnout of voters may further enhance chances for electoral manipulation in the strongholds of the major political parties, particularly in rural areas where election rigging was common.

They, therefore, called on the government, INEC, and security agencies among other major key stakeholders in the election to ensure a peaceful process on Saturday.