This is to garner substantial votes from the region to shore up what may be lost should the South West go with Tinubu,” one of the sources said. Meanwhile, following the win of the candidate of the APC, Rotimi Akeredolu, in the Ondo state governorship poll, the candidates of the PDP, AD, and SDP have neither conceded defeat nor congratulated him.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Senate president Bukola Saraki, Governors Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto); House of Representatives speaker, Yakubu Dogara; former governor of Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi and the APC have saluted Akeredolu on his victory. Governor-elect Akeredolu, in his acceptance speech, promised to take everybody along .
He praised President Muhammadu Buhari, the national chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) for his victory.
According to the Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, the APC candidate scored 244,842 votes; Eyitayo Jegede of the PDP scored 150, 380 votes; while Olusola Alexander Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) polled126, 889 votes. Akeredolu won in 14 local councils while Jegede and Oke won in two councils each. With Akeredolu’s victory, analysts say Tinubu’s grip on the politics of the Southwest may be undermined. It was learnt that the emergence of a new power bloc in the South West is to work for northern interests in the next presidential election when it is obvious that Tinubu, whose singular efforts made the unprecedented 2015 power shift possible, has publicly expressed his dissatisfaction with the management of both the national economy and the ruling APC.
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