Akeredolu won the election after polling 244,842 votes while his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the PDP with 150,380 votes came second. Olusola Oke of AD came third with 126,889 votes.
Saturday’s election in Ondo State was, however, indicative of the power tussle within the ranks of the APC for the South-west geopolitical zone, with loyalists of the president, on the one side, and those loyal to a National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on the other.
Tinubu, who backed Olusegun Abraham to secure the APC ticket to contest, opposed Akeredolu’s emergence as candidate of the party, alleging irregularities during the party’s primary.
Those said to have taken part in the execution of the plan to deliver the state and are now regarded as “Buhari’s Boys” are the Ministers of Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi; Power, Babatunde Fashola; the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai; and Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun.
Ironically, most of those who have now aligned with the president were once loyalists of Tinubu, but are believed to have fallen out of favour with him.
Party sources who spoke on the issue to ThisDay said they were spurred by political expediency to show strength and capacity by mobilising all the resources at their disposal to ensure the candidate of the president, Akeredolu, who was rejected by Tinubu won the Ondo election.
The only APC governor said not to have taken sides in the power tussle is Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo.
Curiously, Akeredolu too, who is now in the opposing camp to Tinubu was his (Tinubu’s) candidate in the 2012 governorship election in Ondo State, but in which he came a distant third.
Many say it wasn't easy for Tinubu to support a man who came 3rd the first time he supported him.
But in politics anything can happen, especially when you have federal might in your favour.