The LGA results announced by the electoral body included those of Ile Oluji/Oke Igbo, Akoko North-East, Ifedore and Irele, where Akeredolu coasted home to victory just as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede, won in Ondo-East LGA.
The candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Olusola Oke, closely trailed Jegede in the five LGAs.
Despite the tension that characterised the countdown to the Ondo governorship poll, the election, which went under way on Saturday without any major violence, was, however, marked by massive vote buying.
Most of the major actors in the race complained that voters were heavily induced by politicians, who stormed polling booths with bags of money to openly buy votes.
The election recorded a remarkable turnout in the three senatorial districts of the state.
It was gathered that about N450,000 was budgeted for each polling unit by the major political parties with each voter getting between N3,000 and N5,000.
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, told one of our correspondents covering the election that anarchy ruled in the state as votes were publicly bought.
He accused the All Progressives Congress of perpetrating massive electoral fraud by giving money to voters in exchange for votes.
He said, “What is happening in Ondo State presently is anarchy. The APC and INEC are trying to rig the poll with the use of malfunctioning card readers and inducement of voters.”
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