Akeredolu who was a Bola Tinubu boy in 2012 and candidate of the defunct ACN, scored 669 votes in a primary held at the International Event Centre, Akure, the Ondo State capital on Saturday.
He defeated Dr. Segun Abraham the assumed preferred candidate of APC national leader, who polled 635 while Chief Olusola Oke came third, scoring 583. Senator Ajayi Boroffice came 4th with 471.
Twenty-four aspirants initially contested the poll but Dr. Paul Akintelure was later announced to have officially stepped down.
According to the Electoral Committee Chairman, and Jigawa State Governor, Muhammed Abubakar, a total of 2,744 voters were accredited.
The exercise was conducted under tight security as thousands of security agents from the Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as men of DSS were deployed in Akure to maintain law and order.
Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission led by the Administrative Secretary in Ondo State, Mr. Kabir Omosanya, were also at the venue to monitor the exercise.