Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, a lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria, has emerged as candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Nov.26 gubernatorial election in Ondo State.
Akeredolu who was APC’s flag bearer in 2012 governorship election, won the party’s primary election for the gubernatorial race with 669 votes to defeat his closest opponent,Chief Olusegun Abraham, who scored 635 votes.
Chief Olusola Oke scored 576 votes and Senator Ajayi Boroffice scored 471 votes to come third and fourth respectively.
The Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Mahammed Badaru Abubakar, who chaired the Electoral Committee for the primary announced the result of the exercise and declared Akeredolu as winner and candidate of the party.
“Having scored the highest votes,I hereby declare Akeredolu Oluwarotimi as the winner and Ondo APC governorship candidate,”he said.
Abubakar noted that 24 aspirants earlier contested for the election while M Paul Akintelure officially withdrew his candidacy before the commencement of the election.
He congratulated other aspirants for promptly conceding defeat without any chaos and urged them to team up with the winner and work together to enable the party to win the Nov.26 governorship election.
The governor commended the 2774 delegates that participated in the primary and party leaders for their conduct, which, he said, led to a free, fair and credible primary election.
In his acceptance speech, Akeredolu appreciated the electoral committee and the delegates for the free, fair and credible primary election that saw his emergence as the party’s candidate for the Nov.26 governorship election.
Akeredolu also thanked all the aspirants for the wonderful campaign.
“Today our great party has produced a candidate for governorship election in Ondo State.
“We are looking forward for all of the aspirants to work together as a family to win the next election in Ondo State,”Akeredolu said.
Akeredolu would need to battle Eyitayo Jegede, another lawyer and senior advocate, who is the torch bearer for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state. Jegede was the Attorney General and commissioner for justice under incumbent governor, Olusegun Mimiko.
Akeredolu, also a former Attorney General of the state, was born on 21 July 1956 in Owo.
He started his primary education at Government School, Owo. He thereafter went to Aquinas College, Akure and Loyola College, Ibadan for his secondary education and Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro, for his Higher School Certificate.
He went on to the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) to study Law, graduating in 1977. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978.
He became president of the Nigerian Bar Association 20 years after.