Peter Dada, Akure
A Deputy Governor in Ondo State, Ali Olanusi, has said that the All Progressives Congress won Saturday’s governorship election in the state through the immense assistance of former chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party who defected to the APC.
The Independent National Electoral Commission declared a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the winner of the election, having polled 244,842, while the PDP candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede scored, 150,380 votes; and the Alliance for Democracy’s candidate, Olusola Oke, polled 126,889 votes.
Speaking with our correspondent in Akure on Sunday, the former deputy governor to the incumbent, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, said the result indicated that the APC was popular in the state and the election was free and fair.
Olanusi defected to the APC shortly before the 2015 presidential election and was later impeached by the state House of Assembly.
He said, “Without the input of we the defectors, there is no way the APC can win the election and we PDP members that defected to the APC are notable politicians in the 18 local government areas of Ondo State; and we are not ready to compromise our stand on winning the election for the APC.
“We defectors in Akokoland outnumbered the initial APC members, we came and we have no choice than to win the election. Those of us that defected, we regard ourselves as stakeholders and as a result, we cannot afford to lose because if you lose, you lose everything.”
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