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Live Updates: Ondo State Governorship Election, Jimoh Ibrahim Decamps To APC

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Today 26 Nov, 2016 the residents of ondo state are going to decide who their governor will be next four years, the battle for the government of the state is between Jegede Eyitayo of People’s Democratic Party, Rotimi Akeredolu of All Progressive Congress and Olusola Oke of Aliance for Democracy.

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.

NaijaNews.com will bring to you all live reports from the ondo governorship election, news updates and pictures as the day’s event unfolds.


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.


1.15pm’ 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.


12:54pm’ Voting 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 electionfailed 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.

Governor Mimiko voting. Photo: Michael Abimboye


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.

Oke doing his accreditation


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.


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.

Jegede casts his vote. Photo: Michael Abimboye

Jegede doing his accreditation. Photo: Michael Abimboye

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


9.10am’ Voting going on in PU28/06/10/002, Oshodi/Isolo Ward, Akure South in the presence of INEC and security officials.


9.00am’ At PU28/05/09/009,Oba –Ile, Akure North.Card Reader malfunctioning which has resulted to clashes between INEC official and Voters.


9.00am’ At PU28/03/09/006, Isua III Ward, Akoko South East. Accreditation and voting is going on smoothly.


8:52am’ 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.

Voters waiting for INEC officials Photo: Michael Abimboye


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’ At 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.

Voting on-going Photo: Michael Abimboye

Voters on the queue Photo: Michael Abimboye


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.

Voting and accreditation ongoing. Photo: Michael Abimboye

Voting and accreditation ongoing. Photo: Michael Abimboye


8.03am’ At Polling unit 015, ward 5, hospital road, Akure south LGA, INEC officials have arrived. Voters are already on queue and are ready to exercise their civic duty.

Voters on the queue and are ready to exercise their civic duty. Photo: Michael Abimboye


7.55am’ A‎t Unit 11 ward 5, Akure south LGA , INEC officials have set up in readiness for election.

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

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


7.46am’ Unit 03 Oba-ile road, mobile filling station. All materials are here also. Total number of registered voters here are 1026.

INEC officials at Unit 3 Oba-Ile road. Photo: Michael Abimboye

Youth corps members and INEC officials at Unit 3 Oba-Ile road. Photo: Michael Abimboye


7.37am’ INEC officials have arrived at ‎unit two, Oba-ile‎ Second gate, ‎Akure North local government with all electoral materials and security officials on ground.

Youth corps members at unit two, Oba-ile‎ Second gate. Photo: Michael Abimboye

INEC officials at unit two, Oba-ile‎ Second gate. Photo: Michael Abimboye


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