The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, received the majority of votes in Ondo state ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC).
How it happened: The presiding officer, Professor Kayode Soremekun, announced Atiku as winner in Ondo state as he polled 275, 901 votes compared to Buhari’s 241, 769 votes.
The PDP won in 11 local government areas which include: Akure North, Ifedore, Idanre, Ile Oluji/Okeigbo, Irele, Ondo East, Ose, Ondo West, Akure South, Ese Odo and Okitipupa, while the APC won 7 local government areas which include: Akoko North East, Akoko North West and Akoko South East, Akoko South West, Odigbo, Ilaje and Owo.
Issues: The results shows records of over-voting, violence, electoral staff and voters’ intimidation, failure of card readers and total disruption of the electoral process across 80 polling units which led to cancellation of voting in those polling units.
Breakdown of results:
Total accredited voters: 598,586
Total votes cast: 586,827
Rejected votes: 30,833
Akoko North East
Akoko North West
PDP 13, 950
Akoko South East
Akoko South West
Bottom line: With this victory, the Sunshine State has flipped to the side of the main opposition party. PDP’s victory is a setback for the APC which won in 2015 with 48,521 votes. The state recorded lower number of accredited voters in 2019 with 598,586 when compared to the 2015’s 618,040 recorded accredited voters. PDP’s victory in Ondo is offset by its loss to the APC in Ekiti state, a state which it won in 2015. The APC also won in Osun.