Ondo election: Yiaga backs INEC’s official result

Ondo election: Yiaga backs INEC’s official result

- Yiaga Africa has backed the results of the Ondo state governorship election announced by INEC

- Governor Akeredolu was officially declared the winner of the governorship election by the commission

- The APC governorship candidate polled 292,830 ahead of his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the PDP who polled 195,791

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Yiaga Africa, a non-profit organisation and election watchdog has thrown its weight behind the outcome of the just concluded governorship election in Ondo state.

The group made its stand known during a press briefing at Bliss World Hotel, Ijapo, Akure, on Sunday, October 11, by Samson Otodo, the organisation’s executive director, and other senior officials.

In a statement made available to Legit.ng, Yiaga backed the election result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer Governor Rotimi Akeredolu winner.

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While insisting that the vote-counting process at polling units was transparent, the group went on to note that the percentage of votes scored by Akeredolu fell within the range it had estimated.

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Yiaga Africa at a press briefing in Akure, Ondo state capital. Photo credit: YIAGA
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The group also maintained that representatives from the three major political parties were present at the counting exercise.

Speaking further in Akure, during the briefing, the organisation noted that it's observers deployed to monitor the election noticed massive vote-buying employed by political actors on election day as votes were traded between N1,000 and N7,000 at the polling unit.

The election watchdog explained that this made it difficult for voters to freely cast their ballots in the polling units where they occurred, adding that it was disappointing that the polls were largely defined by the highest bidder and spender.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that INEC declared Governor Akeredolu winner of the Ondo state governorship election in the early hours of Sunday, October 11.

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Akeredolu polled 292,830 to defeat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 195,791.

Professor Idowu Olayinka, the vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan who served as the returning officer made the official declaration.

Legit.ng had earlier highlighted possible reasons Jegede lost the election. One of the reasons was that he came from Ondo central.

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Source: Legit.ng

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