On Saturday, November 26, 2016, people of Ondo state elected their 6th democratically elected Governor. APC’s Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN emerged as the winner with 244, 842 votes in a keenly contested governorship election, defeating his closest opponent, Eyitayo Jegede of PDP who polled 150,380 votes. Below is the breakdown for three governorship candidates with the highest votes in the poll:

  • Rotimi Akeredolu, APC – 244, 842
  • Eyitayo Jegede, PDP – 150,380
  • Olusola Oke, AD – 126,889

Channels Television in partnership with EiE Nigeria and PLAC hosted the Ondo State Governorship Debate on Monday, November 21, 2016. Over a 2-hour period, 3 candidates – Chief Olusola Oke, Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Jimoh Ibrahim, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Dr Olu Agunloye, Social Democratic Party (SDP) were engaged on the policies they intend to implement to solve critical issues in Ondo State. Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN of All Progressive Congress (APC) failed to participate in the debate.

The opening remarks was given by EiE’s Executive Director, ‘Yemi Adamolekun.

List of Candidates for the Ondo Governorship Election

S/N. Name of Candidate Sex Party Age Qualification
1. Amuda Oladare M Accord 55 MBA
2. Yinka Oloyede Orokoto M AA 54 LLB, Bl.
3. Francis Adetuwo Ogunjumelo M ACPN 68 FMCA, FCA
4. Olusola Alex Oke M AD 60 LLB, Bl.
5. Margareta Modupe Ogunyoku (Ojo) F ADC 60 Diploma
6. Oluyi Folashade Hellen F APA 47 Grade II
7. Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu M APC 60 LLB, Bl.
8. Francis Adeyemi Alao M APGA 61 MSc.
9. Funmilayo Jenyo Ataunoko M BNPP 43 SSCE
10. Fasua Peter Oyeleye M CPP 55 BSc.
11. Adeeyo Matthew Bolorundaro M DPC 59 B. TECH
12. Falana Olamide Juliana F DPP 33 B. TECH
13. Odedeyi Olumuyiwa John M HDP 40 BSc.
14. Samuel Oluwatoyin Akogunrin M ID 37 BSc.
15. Daniel Oludare Ogungbemi M KOWA 36 LLB, Bl.
16. Adeuti Stephen Taye M LP 65 MBA
17. Obayoriju Jimoh Abass M NCP 46 HND
18. Oluwadare Bada M NNPP 63 BM & S
19. Ayibiowu Moses Ige M NUP 43 MBA
20. Oluwasegun Odidi M PDC 45 BSc.
21. Eyitayo Jegede M PDP 55 LLB Court Order
22. Adeniyan Abiodun Daniel M PPA 44 BSc.
23. Orunmoluyi Temidola Olagbegi M PPN 55 Grade II
24. Arigbede Roland Gbenga M PRP 39 OND
25. Olu Agunloye M SDP 68 BSc. PhD
26. Olugbenga Akinwale Falaiye M UDP 42 BSc.
27. Aidi Bolarinwa Elijah M UPN 49 LLB, Bl, MBA
28. Anthony Adeniyi Adeniranye M YDP 37 MSc.