- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is still basking in the euphoria of his recent governorship victory
- The governor taunted the opposition, saying Ondo state is not like the neighbouring Edo
- The Ondo governor was referring to the recent Peoples Democratic Party victory in the south-south state
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Newly re-elected governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has taunted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for losing the gubernatorial election, declaring that:
“Ondo is not Edo.”
Akeredolu made the comment when he spoke to journalists attached to the Aso Rock villa after he presented his certificate of return to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, October 13.
The Ondo governor was accompanied by his counterparts from Lagos, Kebbi, Ekiti, Jigawa and the state's deputy governor-elect, Lucky Ayedatiwa.
“We came in here to see Mr President. And the chairman presents our certificates of return to Mr President. The deputy governor designate, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa, is here. And I express our appreciation to Mr President for his support.
“I have also expressed appreciation to our chairman of the campaign council, who is the Governor of Lagos state, His Excellency, Jide Sanwo-Olu. I also thank all governors, APC governors, the progressive governors for their support. A number of them are here with us.
“APC is a very strong force. We are a strong party in this country. So, we have gone to prove in Ondo that Ondo is not Edo. They were dreaming. Now, they must have woken from their slumber. Ondo is not Edo. We have proven that.
“This is only possible with all of us working together, all the governors, the Bagudus of this world, the Badarus of this world, Fayemis of this world, Sanwo-Olus of this world, the Yahaya Bellos of this world, all of us went there to fight a good battle. And I’m sure Mr President was happy.”
Meanwhile, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has lamented over the increasing cases of vote-buying in recent off-cycle elections.
The group was reacting to the several cases of vote-buying reported by its observers in the just concluded Ondo governorship election.
At a presentation of its final observation report on the election on Monday, October 12 in Abuja, CDD listed vote-buying as one of the factors undermining the sanctity of elections.
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