By Temitope Adedeji in Akure
The much ado about the alleged endorsement that ravaged the All Progressives Congress camp in Ondo State has been finally laid to rest as Chief Olurotimi Akeredolu defeated Dr. Olusegun Abraham, the candidate backed by the party’s National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Akeredolu, former NBA Chairman and Tinubu’s candidate in the 2012 governorship election in the state, polled the highest vote of 669 as against Abraham who scored 635 votes.
Former Peoples Democratic Party National Legal Adviser who defected to APC, Chief Olusola Oke, came third with 576 votes.
The keenly-contested election then ushered in Akeredolu as the flag bearer of the party in Ondo State.
Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), will be slogging it out with another SAN from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, who emerged the candidate of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the party. Jegede was formerly Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state.
Observers said many in APC camp are relieved that the “Lagos adopted boy” Abraham, did not win the poll as the election was clearly a gang up against Tinubu and his candidate.