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OndoDecide’20: Akeredolu graced as INEC declares winner


Chief Returning Officer for the election, Professor Idowu Olayinka, returned Akeredolu as the governor-elect on Sunday

Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has been re-elected as Governor of Ondo State on the back of a campaign in which he promised to provide composed and focused leadership marked by economic growth and improved security for people in the state.

Akeredolu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled a total of 292,839 votes while Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) garnered 193,585 votes, leaving margin of 99,254.

Agboola Ajayi of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) came a distant third with 60,051 votes.

“Having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes, I hereby declare Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu of the APC as the winner, and he is hereby returned elected,” Professor Olayinka declared said.


Below are the votes of the three leading parties across 18 LGAs:

Ile Oluji


PDP: 9231


Akoko north-east


PDP: 8380


Akoko south-west





Akoko south-east




Akoko north-west

APC: 15,809

PDP: 10,320

ZLP: 3,477


APC: 12,643













APC: 35,957


ZLP: 408


APC: 19,266

PDP: 10,367

ZLP: 10,120

Akure north-west

APC: 9,546

PDP: 12,263

ZLP: 1046


APC: 11,286

PDP: 7499

ZLP: 3623


Akure south-east

APC: 17,277

PDP: 47,267

ZLP: 2,236

Ondo east



ZLP: 3221

Ondo west

APC: 15,977

PDP: 10,627

ZLP: 10,159


APC: 23,571

PDP: 9,485

ZLP: 6,540

Ese Odo

APC: 13383

PDP: 4680

ZLP: 4760


APC: 26657

PDP: 11128

ZLP: 4405


OndoDecide’20: INEC releases official results in 12 LGAs; Akeredolu leads.


The results from the remaining six local government areas were expected to be announced by INEC later.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Sunday began the release of results of the Ondo governorship election

The collation, is taking place at the INEC office at Alagbaka in Akure.


Here are the results as declared by the collation officers:

Okitipupa Local Government

APC- 19,266
PDP- 10,367
ZLP – 10,120

Ose Local Government Area
APC – 15,122
PDP – 8,421
ZLP – 1,083

Akure South LGA

APC – 17,277

PDP – 47,627

ZLP – 2,236

Akoko South East

APC – 9,419

PDP – 4,003

ZLP – 2,004

Idanre LGA

APC -11,286

PDP – 7,499

ZLP – 3,623


APC – 35957

PDP – 5311

ZLP – 408

Akure North LGA

APC – 9546

PDP – 12263

ZLP – 1,046

Ondo East LGA

APC – 6485

PDP – 4049

ZLP – 3,221

Akoko North West

APC- 15,809

PDP- 10,320

ZLP – 3,477

Akoko South East

APC – 21,232

PDP – 15,055

ZLP – 2,775

Akoko North East

APC – 16,572

PDP – 8,380

ZLP – 3,532

Irele LGA

APC – 12,643

PDP – 5,493

ZLP – 5,904

Ile Oluji Oke Igbo LGA

APC – 13,278

PDP – 9,231

ZLP – 1,971

Ifedore LGA

APC – 9,350

PDP – 11,852


Agboola Ajayi resigns from PDP month after leaving APC.


The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Agboola Ajayi has resigned his membership from the People’s Democratic Party(PDP).

This was made public by a statement from the Media Adviser to the Deputy Governor, Allen Sowore.

The Deputy Governor in a statement on Monday appreciated the National Leadership and members of the party for their warm reception and acceptance in the short period he rejoined the party.

He said his decision is as a result of the call on the Deputy Governor by the majority of the good people of Ondo State to give hope to the hopeless, provide credible and purposeful leadership in the State.


The Chairman of the PDP in Apoi Ward II of Ese-Odo Local Government Area, Festus Oboro, is said to have acknowledged the receipt of the resignation letter on the 9th of August, 2020.

Hon. Ajayi left the APC and rejoined the PDP on June 21st, 2020, at his home town, Kiribo.

He contested the governorship primary election in PDP but lost to Eyitayo Jegede.

The deputy governor in his latest communique reassured his supporters to remain focused and committed as he will be announcing his next line of action shortly.


OndoDecide’20: Agboola loses to Eyitayo in PDP primaries


Former attorney-general and commissioner for justice in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election for the October 10, 2020 guber poll.

Eight aspirants – Jegede, Banji Okunomo, Bode Ayorinde, Boluwaji Kunlere, Sola Ebiseni, Godday Erewa, Eddy Olafeso and the state deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi – participated in the election.

Jegede polled 888 votes to clinch the party’s governorship ticket and slug it out again with Akeredolu of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the governorship election. Ajayi emerged the second runner-up with 657 votes.

The winner was the party’s candidate in the 2016 governorship election but defeated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Former attorney-general and commissioner for justice in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede

The chairman of the primary election committee and governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, while kicking off the election said: “It is our expectation that this Ondo State primary election will be seamless at the time it is completed. We hope to see that the Ondo State chapter of the PDP elects a widely acceptable flagbearer.”


According to him, the candidate should be able to make the ‘umbrella’ stronger and win the upcoming governorship election in October.

Ugwuanyi disclosed that the aspirants were properly screened for the election and made to sign a peace pact.

“We are in agreement on strict adherence to electoral guidelines on the conduct of a credible, free and fair gubernatorial primary election in Ondo.

“We also agreed to observe the protocols laid down by National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) for prevention of Covid-19 transmission,” he said.


Every plan to impeach me will fail – Ajayi


The Assembly has twenty-six members and would require 18 members (two-third) to successfully perfect the impeachment.

Agboola Ajayi, Ondo State Deputy Governor, says the impeachment plot against him will fail.

Ajayi spoke with SaharaReporters on Monday night.

Fourteen members of the state House of Assembly had on Tuesday reportedly served Ajayi a notice of impeachment.

The allegations levied against the deputy governor include gross misconduct, financial recklessness, abandonment of office, official duty and other assignments among others.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that nine other members of the Assembly have pulled out from the plot.

The Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Iroju Ogundeji, and the Majority Leader, Jamiu Maito, were parts of the nine members that refused to sign the impeachment notice.


Others included Favour Tomomowo, Rasheed Elegbeleye, Festus Akingbaso, Adewale Adewinle, Samuel Edmisan, Tomide Akinribido and Success Torhukerijor.

The Assembly has twenty-six members and would require 18 members (two-third) to successfully perfect the impeachment.

Agboola Ajayi

But Ajayi told Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) that he had yet to be served the impeachment notice by members of the State House of Assembly contrary to reports.

He said he would consider the impeachment notice as a rumour since he had not been “served officially”.


He said, “It is a kangaroo impeachment notice and it is even dead on arrival and I don’t know how the Assembly wants to go about it.

“I have not been officially served a copy of the impeachment notice and people are already reporting it.”

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Ajayi had approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to halt his impeachment proceedings by members of the state House of Assembly.

The Deputy Governor in the suit filed by his lawyer, Mr I Olatoke sought the enforcement of his fundamental human rights and freedom of association.



Update: Ajayi Agboola may suffer impeachment


Following the running battle between the embattled Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi and his boss, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, all might have been concluded for the impeachment of Ajayi.

NRM gathered that the impeachment proceedings against Ajayi might commence on Monday at the hallowed chamber of the Ondo State House of Assembly.

This was sequel to the sudden recall of the 26 lawmakers who had been on recess to immediately resume legislative duties at the Assembly.

The Clerk of the Assembly, Mr. Bode Adeyelu had in a short message sent to the legislators directed them to ensure compliance with the directive given by the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun.


The message reads, “This is to inform all Honourable Members of the Ondo State House of Assembly that following the expiration of your RECESS on Friday, 3rd July, 2020, l have been directed by the Rt. Honourable Speaker Oleyelogun Bamidele David to enjoin you to resume for Legislative duties on Monday, 6th July, 2020.


“All Honourable members are to please treat this information as very important.”

According to an impeccable source among the legislators who craved anonymity, top on the agenda of what will be deliberated at the floor of the House will be the trending issues in the state, particularly the deputy governor’s saga.


The source added that it is likely that the Assembly might initiate impeachment proceedings against Ajayi.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that two weeks ago, Ajayi defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to run for the governorship ticket of the party even as he insisted that he will not resign his position as deputy governor.

But Akeredolu over the weekend made a formal declaration foreclosing the consideration of handing over governance to Ajayi following the COVID-19 positive status of Akeredolu with the deputy governor giving his boss 21 days ultimatum to handover to him as acting governor.

Ajayi had accused his boss of doling out N10 million to entice each of the lawmakers in a bid to meet the requirement of two-third majority, that is about 18 out of the 26 lawmakers in the state in order for the impeachment to scale through.



Ajayi cries as Police withdraws his escort


The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr Agboola Ajayi, on Wednesday, alleged that the Nigerian Police Force has withdrawn his police escort.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the deputy governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Babatope Okeowo, in Akure.

Noble Reporters Media gather that there has been rancour between Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his deputy for some time.

The seemingly intractable crisis had led to Ajayi’s defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on June 21 at his home town, Apoi, in Ese-Odo Local Government area of the state.

NRM also learnt that had, on Tuesday, sacked seven aides of the deputy governor and his wife.


“The deputy governor wishes to raise the alarm over the withdrawal of his police escort on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Bolaji Salami, thus putting his life and those of his family and staff in danger.

The statement also alleged that the police had, on June 21, taken the deputy governor hostage for more than four hours at the Government House.

“This happened despite the fact that Ajayi enjoys immunity under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We are not oblivious of their surreptitious move to undermine the security of the deputy governor and strip him of his security apparatus to make him vulnerable in order to carry out their evil agenda,” the statement said.


It called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector- General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Director-General of State Security Service, Yusuf Bichi, to be aware of ‘this latest ugly development in Ondo State’.

“Should anything happen to the deputy governor, his family and staff, the commissioner of police in Ondo State should be held responsible,” the statement said.

When contacted on the telephone, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, the Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state command, denied the allegation, describing it as unfounded.

“I am not aware of the withdrawal of the police escort of the state deputy governor. It is not true,” Ikoro said.



OndoDecide’20: Akeredolu sack Agboola’s Media Aide, Sowore


Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Tuesday sacked Mr Allen Sowore, Special Assistant on New Media to the embattled Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi.

Akeredolu announced the decision in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olusegun Ajiboye.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Agboola Ajayi had been at loggerheads with his boss, Akeredolu, before he finally resigned from the All Progressives Congress, APC, and joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Ajayi had maintained that he remains the Deputy Governor of the state despite his resignation from the All Progressives Congress.

NRM reports that the statement advised Sowore to submit all government’s property in his possession to the Chief of Staff to the Governor with immediate effect.



I am still Ondo deputy governor – Ajayi claims despite leaving APC for PDP


The Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi has said he would maintain his position despite his resignation from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ajayi dumped the APC on Sunday in Apoi Ward 2, Ese Odo Local Government Area of the state and joined the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the ward.

While tendering his resignation letter from the APC in Apoi Ward 2, Ajayi said that he left the ruling party did not mean he was leaving his position as the state’s deputy governor.

He said, “My people that voted for me did not ask me to resign, so I remain the deputy governor of this state. I was duly elected as a deputy governor.


“The reason I am taking this action is known to all of you. I listen to the advice from all supporters across the state.

“The Ese Odo Local Government will continue to witness peace and progress.”

Ajayi’s dumping of the APC came a day after he was prevented from going out of the government house in Akure, the state capital by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bolaji Salami.



Ondo Security Saga: My Say So Far! – CP


The Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Salami Bolaji has said that the Ondo Police Command under his policing architecture will never police lawlessness in the State.

Salami while reacting to a video on social media of his purported confrontation with the Deputy Governor of Ondo State over some number of cars, said the video was an attempt to foment sentiment and misunderstanding in the State.

On Saturday night, Ajayi was prevented from leaving the Government House when he was stopped by the Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami who was said to be acting on Akeredolu’s order.

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Salami further said, he only came to the scene when his officers and men at the government house could not broker peace between the aides of the governor and that of the deputy governor over the number of cars the Deputy governor would drive out at the time.


According to the CP, it is only necessary that his presence at the scene as the Command’s Commissioner of Police could calm frayed nerves.

He also said, having listened to the reason for the misunderstanding, advised both sides to come to terms, a condition they both agreed.

The police boss who said he has never been a politician all through his life and would not want to be dragged into politics affirmed that he is completely apolitical and as a police officer, his job is to protect the lives and properties of citizens of Ondo State.



Ondo Gov react to CP, Salami & Deputy, Agboola’s drama


Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has denied the reports that linked him to the drama which ensued at the government house on Saturday night.

A team of police officers led by their Commissioner, Bolaji Salami, had prevented the deputy governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, from leaving the State Government House in Akure.

Agboola, who has been at loggerheads with his boss, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, had wanted to move out of the government house for his private residence, claiming he no longer feels safe in the premises.

However, in a recorded video of the incident, the police commissioner stated that he was acting on the orders of his “boss”, Rotimi Akeredolu.


He added that his actions were wrong but ‘This is politics’.

In a widely circulated video, the CP was heard to have said: “We are not saying you should not go out. Since you are defecting, even your letter was brought to me in my office this evening that you are doing it (decamping) on Monday.

“What government is saying is that you cannot go out with official vehicles. This is politics, I am not saying it is right. This is Government House. The Governor is the one talking, give me a few minutes, let me talk to my boss.”

But Agboola replied, cautioning against a repeat of 1983 political violence.

He alleged that political thugs had been detailed to attack him and vandalize his property at the Government House once he declares for the PDP.

The Deputy Governor, flanked by two members of the House of Assembly Mr. Festus Akingbaso and Rasheed Elegbeleye, queried the Police chief: “Are you a member of the PDP or APC? It is you stopping me now. What is your concern about my leaving from one place to another? Do you know how many hours I have spent here? I personally paid for these vehicles. You should not have put yourselve in mess.


“I have tried all constitutional and acceptable means to prevent this crisis. You are being used by the governor to deprive me of my constitutional right. I am highly disappointed that a policeman of your calibre can be used like this.

“Let me tell you, you cannot repeat what happened in this state in 1983 because Ondo State people will resist you and your emperor with everything.”

Reacting to the incident on Sunday afternoon, Akeredolu said he didn’t give the orders to hold back his deputy.

He said: “Total Misrepresentation of facts. I did not tell the government house security to hold him back at any point. Why would I? Agbo can go anywhere he likes. I wish him well.”