In less 24 hours, the winner of the Ondo guber election will be announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in what will open a fresh page in the history book of the southwest state.
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The election, which began on Saturday, October 10, in all the 18 local government areas of the state, has seen more than 10 political parties jostling for the most revered stool of power.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is putting his popularity into test again in a contest with his estranged deputy Agboola Alfred Ajayi and his former rival who is also the former justice commissioner of the state, Eyitayo Jegede.
As INEC continues to collate the results of the election, with Governor Akeredolu likely to coast to a second term victory having pulled the magic of early lead in 9 LGAs, Legit.ng highlights major take-aways from the election.
1. Three-horse race
Although the pre-election conversation has always been centred on Governor Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Jegede of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the voting across all the LGAs projected that Deputy Governor Ajayi is a candidate not to underestimate.
The embattled deputy governor is eyeing the stool of his master on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
Ajayi defected to ZLP having lost the PDP ticket to Jegede in the party's primary held two months ago— with his defection to ZLP perfected barely two months he dumped APC over irreconcilable difference with Akeredolu.
Results, so far, have now proved that the three frontline candidates held to their strongholds, leaving the election a three-horse race.
2. Ajayi a half-killed viper that may determine who wins
Agboola Ajayi is arguably a main challenger in the election, but with the floodgates controversies trailing his defection from APC to PDP —and then to ZLP, the deputy governor arguably does not stand a chance of winning the poll.
However, he may break the result in a way that may determine the winner of the election which many observers said is between Jegede and the incumbent governor.
Results of 12 local governments have been announced so far with Akeredolu smiling to a second term victory. Nobody knows what may be the outcome of the other LGAS.
3. Akeredolu sailing to election victory
With an emphatic win in 9 out of the 18 LGAs announced so far, there are indications that the incumbent governor may be returned.
INEC has so far announced results from 12 out of the 18 LGAs in the Ondo state governorship election. Akeredolu of the APC won 9 while PDP's Jegede won in the remaining three LGAs.
Meanwhile, the candidate of the ZLP, Ajayi, is yet to win any of the local governments.
4. Violence as usual
Of course, Ondo guber election has its own share of violence with reports from the polling unity saying a voter was stabbed by suspected thugs as shown in a video shared by Channels TV.
Pockets of violence have been recorded in the southwest state on election day despite police's insistence that the situation is under control.
In a similar development, suspected political thugs and police officers also exchanged gunfire outside a collation centre in Ondo state on Saturday, October 10. T
The gun confrontation forced journalists, party agents and observers to flee for safety
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