Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate at the Saturday, November 26 Ondo state election has been declared winner on Sunday, November 27 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The initial battle for the Government House at Akure was thought to be an easy one for the state ruling party candidate, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s candidate Eyitayo Jegede. However, the story turned out differently, as Akeredolu came first, with Jegede coming a distance second. While Wale Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) settled for the third position.
A good number of political watchers had thought the incumbency factor of Governor Olusegun Mimiko will do the job for Jegede. On the other hand, the APC dealt this a blow, as Akeredolu, a former national president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) carried the day. As they say, the rest is history.
Southwest Nigeria is made of Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti states. After the swearing in of the one time NBA national president, only Ekiti state will be a PDP state, with the remaining five states governed by APC governors.
The APC tsunami that has just hit Ondo state may likewise take over Ekiti when current governor Ayodele Fayose completes his term in a few years time.
Time will definitely tell if Ekiti will not go the way of Ondo state.