The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared winner in the 18 local governments held last Saturday in Ondo State
Seven parties participated in the poll.
The Chairman of the Ondo Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC), Prof. Yomi Dinakin, said there was no contestation in five local governments.
Dinakin, who declared APC candidates winners of the election in the five local governments, said it was in line with the Electoral Act.
He said he acted within the law, which stated that where there are no contestations, any candidate validly nominated should be declared winner.
Dinakin listed the five councils to include Akoko North East where Mr. Omojola Asimiyu emerged, Ose Local Government (Dennis Adekunle), Ifedore Local Government (Alex Akinyemi Oladimeji), Odigbo Local Government (Akinsurojo Margret) and Irele Local Government (Segun Ajimatokin).
Other local governments where the APC won were Ese-Odo where Folawole Sibasi polled 29,360. In Akoko South East, the APC candidate, Paul Adorujoye, scored 14, 174 votes.
Mr. Gbenga Olaniyi garnered 24,238 votes in Akure South, Olamigoke Olatuwase got 40,009 votes in Ilaje, while Akisuroje Temitayo got 13,250 votes in Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo.
In Okitipupa, the APC candidate, Akinrinwa Igbekele, got 34,721 votes, Akinsulire Ebenezer got 54,292 to win in Ondo West, Chief Adegbegi Samuel polled 48,742 to win in Owo, while Bankole Ogbesetoye got 10,541 votes to win in Akure North.
The APC candidates also won in Idanre, Akoko North West, Akoko South West and Ondo East local governments
Meanwhile the PDP has described the local government election on Saturday as a charade.
The election was held across the 18 local government areas of the state and was characterised with irregularities and violence.
It had been reported how the election was marred by snatching of ballot boxes and ballot paper.
In a statement by the party’s spokesperson, Kennedy Ikantu Peretti, the PDP said the local council election was marked with unpardonable brigandage.
It reads, “In thousands of polling units, neither voting materials nor ODIEC personnel were seen at about noon on election day and where they were seen, ballot papers were in short supply.”
In his reaction, Chairman of APC in Ondo State, Ade Adetimehin, said the conduct of the election was timely, commending security agencies for ensuring safety during the exercise.