Welcome to the Global News Nigeria as we bring you Live Updates, Results, Situation Reports from the ongoing Ondo State Governorship Election
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that everybody will be joyous and there will be clapping, singing and dancing if he wins Saturday’s Ondo State governorship election.
Akeredolu stated this while responding to questions from journalists after casting his vote.
The Ondo State governor, who advised voters to cast and monitor their votes, also expressed confidence that he will win the election.
Asked what will happen if the election results do not favour him, Akeredolu said: “Let me tell you something, I don’t ever think about that.
“So I don’t know what will happen.
“All I know is what will happen when my victory is announced, that everybody will be joyous, there will be clapping, singing and dancing. That is all I know.”
Ondo guber: Boat conveying election materials capsizes in Ilaje
A boat conveying electoral materials and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State has been involved in mishap.
The Global News Nigeria gathered that the boat capsized on its way to deliver voting materials to polling units in the Ilaje area.
However, no one died as all the passengers were put on life jackets while onboard.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident.
He stated that the development won’t affect the election.
He maintained that the materials were also not affected.
As voting begins in the ongoing governorship election in Ondo State, sporadic shootings have been reported in a polling unit.
The incident occurred at Pollíng Unit 11, Edo Lodge in Oke Ijebu, Akure.
Confirming the shooting, the State Police spokesman, Tee-Lee Ikoro said operatives have been deployed to the affected area.
Ikoro disclosed that Mobile Police operatives were deployed to ensure the protection of voters at the scene.
Ondo guber: Early arrival of materials, as voters partially observe COVID-19 protocols (PHOTOS)
Across polling units in Ondo North Senatorial District, there was early arrival of electoral materials as voters trooped out to cast their ballot.
Also, the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as well as security operatives are already on ground.
The early morning showers could not deter the voters who adhered partially to the COVID-19 protocols.
In some of the units in Akoko South West and Akoko North East, materials arrived as early as 8:25 am, with enthusiasm seen on the faces of the electorate as they exercised their franchise.
Meanwhile, there was COVID-19 compliance among the voters as regards the use of face mask but physical distance was not observed.
Also, hand sanitizers were made available by INEC officials at the polling units.
Ondo guber: Residents flout IGP’s order
As electorates in Ondo State decide today on who will pilot the affairs of the State for the next four years, the restriction order is being flouted.
In Akure, the Ondo State capital, aside the vehicles deployed for election duty, taxis, private vehicles as well as commercial motorcycles, popularly known as ‘Okada’ were seen moving about.
Recall that the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu had ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 12 am to 6 pm on Saturday.
DAILY POST gathered that from Oba-Ile axis of Akure North Local Government to the popular Oba-Adesida part of Akure South Local Government the order is not being obeyed.
Meanwhile, within the Akure metropolis, as at press time, there is no much presence of security operatives roving through the roads.
Electorates in Ondo State will today, Saturday, October 10, 2020, go to polling centres across the 18 local government areas in the state to elect their governor for the next four years.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had in August published the names of 17 governorship candidates and their running mates with their political parties for today’s poll.
However, political observers believe that battle over who emerges governor of the state is clearly between incumbent Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress, APC; candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, and Agboola Ajayi, candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP.
Mr. Ajayi, a former member of the ruling APC and incumbent Deputy Governor, is battling for the state’s number one position with his boss, Governor Akeredolu.
There have been reports of violence and killings with continued clashes between supporters of the APC and PDP, being the two leading political parties ahead of today’s election.
Follow this thread for updates of results and incidents from different polling units in the state.