Every indications now point to the fact that Ondo State incumbent Governor Dr Segun Mimiko ha grabbed victory in the just concluded gubernatorial election which started on Saturday as counting was being round early on Sunday morning.
He roundly defeated Rotimi Akeredolu of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Chief Olusola Oke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, his two major opponents, reducing them all to mere street fighter as against him being a true ring challenger.
He won convincingly , giving Labour Party another four years of hope and better accomplishment.
Early lastt night had shown him dusting his two major opponents in their respective homes, and indication that he was not a mere winner but a well convinced victor.
Governor Mimiko, who stood as candidate of the Labour Party (LP), defeated Rotimi Akeredolu, the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Akeredolu’s polling unit at GRA Unit 6, Owo by 144 votes to 139.
Akeredolu was also defeated at the ward level by Mimiko who took first position with 420 votes and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Chief Olusola Oke, who took second position with 292 votes, leaving Akeredolu with 287 votes.
He stays to be confirmed this Sunday afternoon by Independent National Electoral Commission and if confirmed, he would be the first governor of the new Ondo State to be re-elected.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ondo, Akin Orebiyi, explained the delay in announcing some results of the three councils located in the riverine area of the state, saying the results are “still locked up in the creeks”.
The results announced so far show that Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has 119,992 votes; LP has 228,774; while the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has 117,113 votes. The results, from the 15 local governments already announced, show that Mr. Mimiko’s votes almost doubles that of each of his two opponents.
The results as at Sunday afternoon shows that Mimiko has met the second requirement for electoral victory in the state, which requires him to have at least 25% votes in two-thirds of the number of LGA’s in the state. The ACN has won in two councils, Akoko South West, and Owo; the PDP has only won in Okitipupa thus far, while the LP won in the 12 other announced councils.
Except the PDP can produce magical votes in the three LGAs that would see the Labour Party candidate lose his simple majority- the first requirement for electoral victory- then Mimiko would be declared winner of the election and ready for a second term in office.