The coast is gradually getting cleared for Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state to cruise back to Alagbaka government house on Saturday.
In less than 24 hours from now, the people of Ondo state will decide who leads them for another four years.
From the trio of eminently qualified candidates, one person is bound to emerge winner of the election which will no doubt be keenly contested.
Going by the odd and permutation of Ondo politics, governor Akeredolu is highly favored to win the contest ahead of his Co-contestants.
This is because governor Akeredolu aside from being an incumbent governor with the state machineries at his disposal to deploy in his favour, he is also running on the pedestal of his achievements in office in the last three and half years.
Unlike other candidates who are not yet there and only chorusing the music of bringing fresh ideas and innovation to government.
Similarly, the governor is from the Northern senatorial zone of the State that is expected to rule the state for 8-year. He has just done his first term of four years. He has been tipped to complete his second term so that the power can rotate back to the South for their turn.
Recall that the former Governor of the state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko from the central completed his two terms after taking over from late governor Olusegun Agagu.
The only way the rotational formula can be balanced is for Aketi to finish his term and allow the flow continues. This is the main reason the coming of Jegede at this time is wrong.
The cardinal reason why Akeredolu will win the election on Saturday is the fact that there are some areas in the state he cannot lose even if he did not campaign in those areas.
For example, the Ilaje and some part of the south will be cleared by APC on Saturday. The likes of Olusola Oke who is a strong politician and two term Governorship candidate in the state is seriously working round the clock to deliver for Akeredolu.
This is because if the Governor completed his tenure by 2024, Oke stands the better chance of emerging his successor having been contesting against him since 2012.
There are other strong forces such as the deputy Governorship candidate, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Engr. Ife Oyedele, the APC guber aspirant, Mrs Oladunni Odu and several powerful politicians from the south who are currently working for the success of Aketi.
He might not win convincingly from the area due to the presence of Agboola Ajayi who is the candidate of Zenith Labour Party but Aketi is certained of reasonable votes from the zone.
Akure belongs to Jegede and Aketi. Jegede is from Akure South. In 2016, he lost to the governor with a slim margin of less than 1000 votes.
If Jegede can manage to win his local government this time, he is not likely to win Akure North due to the influence of Senator Omotayo Alasoadura who is currently the minister of state for Niger Delta.
Alasoadura who is seriously routing for Aketi has never lost the Akure North in any election in the state and history will likely repeat itself this time.
The people Odigbo local government which usually have a large voting strength will queue behind Aketi due to his giant strides in the area. The construction of the flyover bridge and setting up of industrial hub is a monumental achievement that can be proud of by any administration.
He is going to have block votes in Odigbo.
Block votes will also come from Owo and Ose Local government. Owo is the hometown of the governor with an incredible voting capacity. Ose is the closest council area to Owo. His presence is also there.
The entire Akoko is under the grip of senator Borofice Ajayi, the ranking senator from Ondo North. He is heavily on ground for Aketi.
Idanre also boast of massive voting strength and it is dominated by APC forces. To make the matter worse, the SDP member of the federal house Representatives, Small Alhaji has declared his support for Aketi.
For those who follow Ondo state Politics, they will know that the youngest federal lawmaker is a crowed puller with a capacity to turn the table to his side.
Hence, his combination with the state chairman of APC, Ade Adetimehin who is also from Idanre and other political stalwarts will carry the day for Akeredolu.
Ondo is a no go area for the governor irrespective of any amount he may have spent. Former governor Mimiko is holding the mace and will surely deliver it to his candidate, Agboola Ajayi.
Plus or minus, Governor Akeredolu is likely to win about 12 local government out of 18 at the end of October 10 Governorship elections.
Therefore, his co-contestants and the people of the state should begin to congratulate him ahead of the polls.
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