Eyitayo Jegede, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, won his polling unit with a wide margin as vote counting commenced across Ondo State.
Results from St. Brendan’s Primary School in Akure, where Mr. Jegede cast his ballot Saturday morning, show that the PDP candidate scored 184 votes to beat his major contenders.
APC’s Rotimi Akeredolu came in a distant second with 77 votes while the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Olusola Oke, scored 32 votes.
The result mirrors others that have so far come in from many polling units across Akure, the state capital and Mr. Jegede’s stronghold.
In Arakale/Adam’s House, Akure South LGA, Unit 1, Ward 7, the PDP had 50 votes, APC, 38 and AD, 24,
In Arakale Ward 7, Unit 4, PDP had 35 votes, APC, 30; and AD, 18.
An estimated 1.3 million residents are registered to vote in today’s exercise, where the candidates are expected to show their strength in their respective strongholds.
Mr. Akeredolu and his APC are believed to have a strong presence in Ondo North, especially in Owo while Mr. Oke is expected to poll strongly in Ondo South, particularly in Ilaje and Okitipupa. Results from those parts of the state are still being expected.