How Akeredolu defeated Bola Tinubu’s candidate

A onetime president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has emerged as the governorship flag bearer of APC in Ondo State.

Akeredolu beat his closest rival, Olusegun Abraham, by 669 to 635 votes in the primaries held in the State.

Olusegun Abraham was backed by APC the national leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Prior to the primaries, allegations were rife that the State chairman of APC had colluded with Bola Tinubu to select a candidate.

It was alleged that Tinubu had directed the party leadership in the state to ensure Abraham emerged as the party’s flag bearer.

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As the elections ended, 23 other gubernatorial aspirants went up to Akeredolu and congratulated him. This was before the winner was even announced.

Voting began at aroun noon yesterday and ended at 6:00pm. Counting of votes started at about 6:30pm.

The election which was peaceful, was preceded by the accreditation of delegates at three locations in Akure, the state capital.

Delegates were allowed into the hall on presentation of their delegate’s card and were directed to leave the hall immediately after casting their votes and submitting their accreditation card.

Some aspirants announced their withdrawal from the race and endorsed one aspirant or the other.

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Vanguard gathered that most aspirants who withdrew from the race thereafter backed the candidacy of Akeredolu. That was the masterstroke that gave him victory.

An event that nearly marred the process was a clash between Nigerian police force and Civil Defense Corps.

Both security apparatchik had been drafted to maintain peace and order at the venue. They however entered into a gun duel.

Though, no injury was recorded, the situation led to confusion as people at the event center ran helter skelter.

The situation was, however, brought under control by some military men at the venue of event.