There has been huge jubilation in Owo, the hometown of Ondo state governor-elect, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, with his declaration as winner of the governorship election held on Saturday, 26th November, 2016.
Akeredolu polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 150, 380 votes, while Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) follows with 126, 889 votes.
He described the victory as the handwork of God through the people. It is not for me or the APC alone, it is a victory for the people of Ondo state irrespective of which side of the divide you stood during the election.
“For me it is a challenge to perform. It is a call to rescue our state and reverse its fortunes.’’
He thanked the people of the state for their steadfastness.
“I have heard their messages throughout the campaign to all the nooks and crannies of the state. Today, you have spoken with one voice. You have walked your talk. You have voted for me as your Governor for the next four years.
“Today, Change has come. I hereby make a solemn pledge that this collective mandate shall address all issues with keen determination. The welfare of our people alone shall be the directive policy of the government.
“Today’s victory is a confirmation of the willingness and readiness of the people of Ondo state to change and seek a better life. I thank you for your faith and confidence in me. I thank all those, whose uncommon sacrifices, contributed in no small measure to the success of the exercise.
“A special show of gratitude must be extended to our security agents for their patriotic duty.’’
He appealed to everyone to embrace peace.
He said that safety of lives and property of the people should be of paramount importance to all.
Political rivals have started congratulating Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, including ousted PDP candidate Jimoh Ibrahim.