Voters in Ondo state will march to the polls today, November 26, to elect a new governor that would take over from Olusegun Mimiko, whose tenure expires in February 2017.
Despite the call for postponement by some of the parties, 28 political parties are set to feature governorship candidates in the election which many expect to be a four-horse race.
[caption id="attachment_1063034" align="alignnone" width="800"] Top contenders for Ondo election[/caption]
Eyitayo Jegede of the state’s ruling PDP, Rotimi Akeredolu of Nigeria’s ruling APC, Olusola Oke of the AD and Olu Agunloye of the SDP are the main challengers.
According to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, all the sensitive and non-sensitive materials are on ground for the election.
Agbaje said: “Ad-hoc staff have been trained, stakeholders have been sensitized and security has been mobilized.”
Exactly 1,280,580 voters are expected to decide who the next governor of Ondo state will be.
NAIJ.com will bring to you all live reports, news updates and pictures as the day’s event unfolds.
2.30pm' Voting has officially come to an end in most polling units in Ondo state and counting of the votes have commenced. NAIJ.com is keeping a close eye on the proceedings as unofficial results have started trickling in.
Checkout the unofficial results here
2.10pm' Counting of votes has commenced in Ward 8, PU016 Near Poly gate Owo LGA.
2pm' Reports reaching NAIJ.com indicate that sorting and counting has commenced in unit 002, Oke/Afa, Itaogbolu and in some other polling units across the state.
1.30pm' At PU 28/17/06/007 Accreditation and Voting completed at Araromi/Ifon Farm, OSE LGA. Counting yet to start.
As voting ends in most polling units in Ondo Town visited by our reporter, some hoodlums have been arrested by security agents at Igbokoda, Ilaje, for allegedly snatching ballot boxes.
Police officials said the hoodlums were chased from interior communities to the Igbokoda jetty where they were arrested.
1.11pm' At PU: 28/05/09/002 Oba-Ile Akure North Voters are being served snacks by some party agents to influence voting decisions.
oting is still ongoing peacefully at Unit 7, ward 1 omoniyi Ondo west LGA.
The party agent of the APC, Mr Enimade Joseph who spoke with our report said at this polling unit said hoodlums had attacked someone believed to be working for politicians.
"Some hoodlums had earlier stormed this polling unit and attacked someone and took money from the person. But the police came in and arrested the hoodlums," he said.
12.50pm' Voters at PU 28/06/11/19 Owode Imuagun Akure South have finished casting their votes and are awaiting vote counting. Also PDP officials at the polling unit were seen fighting over money
12:48pm' At PU 28/06/11/026 Owode/Imuagun Akure Incidences of vote buying by party agents have been reported, while electorate at PU 28/06/11/19 Owode Imuagun Akure South have finished casting their votes and are awaiting vote counting.
12.45pm' At PU 28/06/11/026 Owode/Imuagun Akure Incidences of vote buying by party agents have been reported.
12.40pm' Almost 200 people have voted out of 488 registered voters at Ward 2, PU005 OwoLGAas at 12.40pm.
12.10pm' At Ward 11, Unit 1, Funmbi Fagun junction Ondo west LGA, election is still on going with a massive turnout of voters.
Unusually, food and drinks are being served food and drinks. Also, money induced voting was witnessed at this polling unit.
12.07pm' At PU28/12/05/002, Iyansan/Omi, Irele APC agent have reportedly engaged in vote buying. Also in PU28/06/04/006, Ijomu/Obanla, Akure South, APC party agents are engaging in vote buying but police have intervened.
12.05pm' At PU014 Okeraye/Aye Rd. Okitipupa1. Failure of card reader, no backups, 23 incidences registered. Others unregistered
12pm' At Ward 01 PU 002. All present have voted. INEC officials are idle, waiting for the 2pm poll closing time to count votes. Counting of votes will commence across all centres at exactly 2pm.
11.55am' At PU 28/04/12/007 accreditation and voting ongoing simultaneously at Ibaka/Akungba/Akoko South West.
11.53am' At PU28/01/04/005, Ikado II, Akoko North East. Card Reader has stopped working at the Polling Unit.
11.50am' Some men were arrested at PU28/16/11/002, Okelisa Okedoko/Ogbodu, Ondo West, trying to disrupt the process.
11.47am' Some angry voters in Ondo state have heatedly rejected an attempt by an APC chieftain to induce them to vote for his party in the on-going Ondo election. The party chieftain is Tunji Light Ariyo.
The event occurred at St Thomas polling centre in Akure.
11'45am' Governor Olusegun Mimiko casting his vote in Ondo Town.
But just before he voted, one of the card readers used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the on-going Ondo state governorship election failed to capture his biometrics.
The incident happened at Ward 7, Unit 21, Ondo West local government area, where the governor cast his ballot.
However, Mimiko eventually had to fill an incident form before he could cast his ballot.
He expressed concerns over the hitches he noticed in the accreditation process.
[caption id="attachment_1063242" align="alignnone" width="800"] Governor Mimiko voting. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
11.35am' Security operatives have reportedly intercepted Hon. Victor Olabimtan, the DG of APC Campaign Organization along Akungba-Akoko road with 15 Ghana must go bags filled up with APC thumb-printed ballot papers.
11. 30am' There is chaos at Ilaje as Card reader at unit 13, Ido Ogba ward 2, Ilaje registers 300 voters before arriving polling unit.
Residents have ‘arrested’ the INEC officials there vowing to keep them until they rectify the anomaly.
11.25am' Olusola Oke, the AD governorship candidate casts his vote at polling unit 5, at Ilowo Ilaje ward 3. He said he is confident of victory because Ondo people have been yearning for genuine change.
The election was peaceful at his unit.
[caption id="attachment_1063236" align="alignnone" width="300"] Oke doing his accreditation[/caption]
11.20am' Ondo state APC Governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu and his wife casting his vote at Unit 6 St. Luke's CAC primary school, Prison quarters, Ajagbule Alaaye in Ward 5, Owo town, Ondo state.
Akeredolu accuses PDP of rigging in the creek.
[caption id="attachment_1063218" align="alignnone" width="800"] Akeredolu casting his vote at his polling unit. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063217" align="alignnone" width="800"] Akeredolu arrives at his polling unit. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063214" align="alignnone" width="800"] Akeredolu greets his supporters after voting. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063215" align="alignnone" width="800"] Akeredolu greets his supporters and observers after voting. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063216" align="alignnone" width="800"] Akeredolu doing his accreditation. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi[/caption]
11.12am' Jegede has cast his votes at Unit 009, Ward 2, Sacred Heart Primary School.
Jegede accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of flooding his constituency in Akure with malfunctioning card readers in order to stop his supporters from voting.
Speaking after casting his vote at his polling unit in the Cathedral Area of Akure, Jegede said he was glad that he was reinstated as a candidate but was unhappy that many of the card reader brought to his constituency in Akure were faulty.
He said he was concerned why it was taking INEC so long to replace the malfunctioning card readers.
He called on his supporter to stay on the queues and make sure they vote. He also called on them to escort their ballots until they are taken to the final collation centre.
[caption id="attachment_1063208" align="alignnone" width="800"] Jegede casts his vote. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063209" align="alignnone" width="800"] Jegede doing his accreditation. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063211" align="alignnone" width="800"] Jegede votes. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
10.50am' 10.55am No functional Card Readers in PU 28/06/03/007-009, AYETUTU - C.A.C UNITED HIGH SCH, GBOGI/ISIKAN II, AKURE SOUTH
10.45am' Massive vote buying in PU28/06/04/019, Ado road- testing ground, Ijomu/Obanla, Akure South. At PU 007 Jinadu Doc. Street. RAC Okitipupa ll. Early commencement of vote. Party agents directing voters on how to vote. While at PU 007 Jinadu Rd. RAC ll Okitipupa Polling booth position not protecting secrecy of ballot as agents watches vote.
10.40am Large number of thugs smoking and loitering around PU28/13/10/007, Ore 1, Odigbo.
10.30am' At PU28/17/12/007, Ute Ward, Ose, a man has been caught impersonating as a NCP party agent. While vote buying and money inducement has been reported in PU28/18/03/017, Igboroko, Owo.
10.25am' The governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Olusola Oke have raised allegations that card readers have been preloaded with votes in some polling units in Ondo state.
Speaking live on Adaba FM, Mr Oke who mentioned 3 areas of the state where the card readers have been preloaded in Ondo.
He also has report that the trend is happening across the state.
"I have Alagbon and Ode Ogbo, Idi Ogba card readers preloaded. It's appearing that some persons have manipulated this process.
"I have tried to reach the REC Mr Agbaje has not been successful," he said.
10.20am' PDP candidate Eyitayo Jegede and wife have arrived to cast their votes at Unit 009, Ward 2, Sacred Heart Primary School.
10.15am' Reports reaching us indicate that thugs have overwhelmed officials of in PU28/08/05/001, Ijomu/Isurin, Idanre.
10.10am' Card Reader problem has occured at PU28/14/01/005, Okitipupa. Voting has stopped.
10.00am' At PU28/18/04/013, Ijebu I, Owo. Voting started since 8.27am and going smoothly. Also at PU 28/15/01/006, Ondo East. Accreditation and Voting going on smoothly. Separate lines for women and men
9.50am' At PU28/06/10/026, Oshodi/Isolo, Akure South. Voting going on smoothly since 8.30am.
9.45am' Accreditation exercise and voting at Unit 6 Saint Lukes CAC primary school, Prison quarters, Ajagbule Alaaye in Ward 5, Owo town, Ondo state.
[caption id="attachment_1063120" align="alignnone" width="800"] Voters on the queue. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063121" align="alignnone" width="800"] An elderly woman casting her vote. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063122" align="alignnone" width="800"] A lady casting her vote. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063123" align="alignnone" width="800"] INEC officials dishing out instructions to the voters. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063124" align="alignnone" width="800"] A lady casting her vote. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi[/caption]
9.40am' At Ward 09/PU 002 in Oba Ile of Akure North Indicates that Voting is going peacefully. At PU28/04/06/003, Akoko South West. The elderly people are not been assisted by INEC officials.
9.37am' At PU28/06/04/011,Ijomu/Obanla, Akure South. Voting going peacefully. PWDs and Elderly persons given preference. It has also been reported that vote buying is going on in PU28/06/02/030, GBOGI/ISIKAN I, Akure South by party agents. More security agents needed
9.30am' At PU28/05/11/002, Owode, Akure North. No provision to assist the elderly so party agents are taking advantage. While at At Isikan/Gbogi 2 ward 3 PU 19 Akure South card reader not reading finger prints reported.Incidence form not filled.
9.25am' The candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Dr. Olu Agunloye has complained that security personnel are not deployed in some polling units, including his unit where he voted.
[caption id="attachment_1063118" align="alignnone" width="696"] Agunloye casts his vote[/caption]
Agunloye, who voted at Baptist Day School, Erusu/Ikaramu/Ibaramu Ward 10, unit 08 at about 9.25am to cast his vote, however, expressed satisfaction about the turnouts of voters at several polling units.
He said: "From the reports I gathered across the state, the card readers are very efficient, and the voting has been peaceful especially from my area.”
9.20am' At PU28/17/12/001, Ute Ward, Ose. Voting going on smoothly.While in PU28/05/11/002, Oke-Afa/Owode, Akure North LGA, voters are induced/forced to vote for PDP by party agents.
9.15am' Party agents have reportedly overwhelmed INEC officials in PU28/03/05/003, Ipe II Ward, Akoko South East.
9.12am' There is heavy military presence at Igbokoda, home town of sacked PDP gubernatorial candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim. Voting has commenced. Voters are also turning at Ward 7, Unit 20 where the incumbent governor, Olusegun Mimiko will vote.
9.10am' Voting going on in PU28/06/10/002, Oshodi/Isolo Ward, Akure South in the presence of INEC and security officials. Meanwhile, ousted factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in today’s election Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim has switched his support for the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, the people of Ondo have no other choice than APC’s Rotimi Akeredolu, who he claimed that they loved.
9.00am' At PU28/05/09/009,Oba-Ile, Akure North.Card Reader malfunctioning which has resulted to clashes between INEC official and Voters. Card readers are also not working in some polling units in Igba Oke area of Ondo state.
9.00am' At PU28/03/09/006, Isua III Ward, Akoko South East. Accreditation and voting is going on smoothly.
Faulty Card reader at Unit 2, ward 9 Oke aro/Uro 2 Akure South LGA.
An observer said she has called the attention of INEC technical officer to the matter.
When asked why she's not proceeding with the incidence form, she said she need clearance from an higher authority.
[caption id="attachment_1063080" align="alignnone" width="800"] Voters waiting for INEC officials Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
8.50am' PU28/14/02/016, Erinje Ward, Okitipupa. Accreditation has not started due to disagreement between INEC officials and Voters.
8.50am' At PU 28/01/04/013, Ikado II, Akoko North East, Card Reader rejecting some Voters' fingers. While at PU 28/18/5/010. 8.30 am. Accreditation just started. INEC officials giving priority to the elderly.
8.45am' At PU28/06/06/014, Oda Ward, Akure South. Accreditation and Voting commenced by 8.10am.
8.45am' At PU28/05/05/001, Igoba/Isinigbo Ward, Akure North. Accreditation and Voting commenced by 8am.
8.42am' At PU28/07/01/009, Apoi I, Ese Odo LGA. Accreditation and voting has commenced. Party Agents and Security present.
8.40am' At PU28/06//06/001, Oda Ward, Akure South . accreditation commenced at 8.00am. Security personnel on ground.
8.40am' At PU 28/01/02/005, Ekan Ward, Akoko North East.Accreditation & voting commenced. While at PU 28/16/11/008, INEC official arrived before 7am. Accreditation and Voting has started.
8.39am' At PU28/05/01/001, Akure North. Voting has started. No party agents at PU. 4 Security Personnel.
8.38am' At PU28/06/03/009, Gbogi/Isikan II, Akure South. INEC officials and police are present but no voters yet. Reg. Voters = 1,159.
8.35am' At PU28/05/02/001, Akure North. Accreditation and voting has started. No party agent on ground. Reg. Voters = 1,108.
8.35am' At PU 28/11/01/008. Accreditation and voting started at 8.00am but the card reader failed to read the fingers.
8.33am' At PU28/09/01/003, Ifedore. INEC officials setting up and three police personnel are present.
8.30am'Unit 27, ward 5, Akure south LGA. Voting has also began here peacefully and orderly.
So far, all voting units visited has been orderly with security agents on ground.
The security agents mounting road blocks have also been cooperative.
[caption id="attachment_1063069" align="alignnone" width="800"] Voting on-going Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063071" align="alignnone" width="800"] Voters on the queue Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
8.25am' At 28/18/08/10 Owo LGA, electorates seating under canopy awaiting INEC official. Meanwhile, Owo is reportedly boiling as properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in local government by armed thugs at the resident of Chief Jamiu Ekungba, an APC governorship aspirant who lost out in the September 3 primaries in Ondo state.
Ekiti state governor’s special assistant on new media Lere Olayinka reported late on Friday, November 25 that there was carnage in Owo, which is the hometown of Rotimi Akeredolu, the APC governorship candidate in the Ondo election.
“Owo, Akeredolu’s hometown is said to be boiling now. Houses belonging to both PDP and APC supporters are being burnt..,” Olayinka said.
Recall that one person has died ahead of today’s polls. A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) was killed by unknown gunmen in Owo, Ondo state.
The chieftain, Afolabi Olaposi was shot dead on his way home after attending a meeting of the party in preparation for the governorship election on Thursday night, November 24, according to a statement released the APC.
8.22am'At PU 28/04/14/012, Oba I Ward, Akoko South West INEC and security officials are present. But no Party agents. Accreditation about to start.
8.20am' Accreditation started by 8:00 am at PU 28/02/06/017, Ogbagi Ward, Akoko N/W. Also at PU 28/01/06/007, Ilepa 2, Akoko North East, INEC Officials and Materials arrive at exactly 7.05 am.
8.20am' At PU28/06/02/29, Akure South Ward 2, Gbogi/Isikan1 INEC materials and officials present,security officials have also arrived.
8.17 am' At PUOO7,ODUPEJU-40,LGA 06 Akure South, RA 07. INEC officials are present but no security personnel.
8.15am' At PU28/06/08/017, Oke Aro Ward, Akure South. No INEC official or police present. Voters have been there since 7.00am.
8.10am' Accreditation and Voting has began in Unit 13, ward 5. Akure south LGA. It should be noted that it's simultaneous voting, that is, accreditation and voting at the same time.
Total number of registered voters here are 569.
[caption id="attachment_1063057" align="alignnone" width="800"] Voting and accreditation ongoing. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063059" align="alignnone" width="800"] Voting and accreditation ongoing. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
INEC officials have arrived. Voters are already on queue and are ready to exercise their civic duty.
[caption id="attachment_1063055" align="alignnone" width="800"] Voters on the queue and are ready to exercise their civic duty. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
At Unit 11 ward 5, Akure south LGA , INEC officials have set up in readiness for election.
[caption id="attachment_1063052" align="alignnone" width="800"] 7:55am At Unit 11 ward 5, Akure south LGA , INEC officials are here also and have set up in readiness for election. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063053" align="alignnone" width="800"] 7:55am At Unit 11 ward 5, Akure south LGA , INEC officials are here also and have set up in readiness for election. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
Unit 03 Oba-ile road, mobile filling station. All materials are here also. Total number of registered voters here are 1026.
[caption id="attachment_1063043" align="alignnone" width="800"] INEC officials at Unit 3 Oba-Ile road. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063044" align="alignnone" width="800"] Youth corps members and INEC officials at Unit 3 Oba-Ile road. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
INEC officials have arrived at unit two, Oba-ile Second gate, Akure North local government with all electoral materials and security officials on ground.
[caption id="attachment_1063045" align="alignnone" width="800"] Youth corps members at unit two, Oba-ile Second gate. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1063046" align="alignnone" width="800"] INEC officials at unit two, Oba-ile Second gate. Photo: Michael Abimboye[/caption]
7.28am' Officials just arrived PU28/06/07/007, Odopetu Akure South. However, police personnel not present at the moment.
7.10am' Four INEC officials and two security personnel have arrived at PU: 28/01/02/005