The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Rotimi Akeredolu, in the early hours of Sunday surged into an early lead as the Independent National Electoral Commission announced election results in some local government areas of Ondo State
The LGA results announced by the electoral body included those of Ile Oluji/Oke Igbo, Akoko North-East, Ifedore and Irele, where Akeredolu coasted home to victory just as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede, won in Ondo-East LGA.
The candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Olusola Oke, closely trailed Jegede in the five LGAs.
Despite the tension that characterized the countdown to the Ondo governorship poll, the election, which went under way on Saturday without any major violence, was, however, marked by massive vote buying.
Most of the major actors in the race complained that voters were heavily induced by politicians, who stormed polling booths with bags of money to openly buy votes.
The election recorded a remarkable turnout in the three senatorial districts of the state.
It was gathered that about N450,000 was budgeted for each polling unit by the major political parties with each voter getting between N3,000 and N5,000.
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