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Despite Economic Hardship; People Still Like The APC Brand - See Why

Personally, I had thought the dismal performance of president Muhammadu Buhari at the center would rob off on the candidature of Rotimi Akeredolu of All Progress Congress in the just concluded elections in Ondo State thereby paving way for either Olushola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) or Eyitayo Jegede of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

However, despite the economic hardship, people still seem to like the brand APC! as reflected in the just concluded Ondo Governorship election.

To Buttress my point, is the Speaker House of Representative Hon. Yakubu Dogara. In his speech, the speaker said; the triumph of Rotimi Akeredolu at the Ondo governorship poll is evidence that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is still well known among Nigerians, the Cable reported him to have said.

The APC went into the poll uncertain of triumph, having seen its stock fall as of late, essentially in view of the weak economy. 

Be that as it may, Akeredolu beat two other major contenders Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD). 

"The election of Barrister Akeredolu and the APC in Ondo state is a reasonable sign that APC is still popular," Dogara said in an announcement issued by Turaki Hassan, his media aide. 

"The triumph of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the poll is a confirmation that the political party is still cherished by Nigerians. 

"I want to praise my scholarly partner on his triumph at the poll, not forgetting our party, the All Progressives Congress, for an intensive and fruitful battle." 

He encouraged all to work assiduously in ensuring that the about to be inaugurated APC government in Ondo fulfills its mandate to the people. 

"As a political platform, we should consider our triumph in Ondo important since the general population have set tremendous trust in us," he said. 

"We should, thusly, come up with strategies that will enhance their way of life." 

Dogara likewise applauded the general population of Ondo state for "keeping the poll violence free and turning out to perform their civic duty". 

He additionally praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security apparatus for "guaranteeing a hitch free election".

From results announced so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday, The Punch has reported that Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress is the new governor of Ondo State.

According to Punch, INEC has announced 17 out of the 18 Local Government Areas in the state, with Akeredolu winning 14 of the LGAs, the Peoples Democratic Party-led in two LGAs while the Alliance for Democracy won one.

The result still being awaited is from Ilaje LGA. The Returning officer announced that the results are still being compiled.

The Chief Returning Officer, Prof. A. Ambali, announced a break and said they will reconvene at 11am.

Below are results released by INEC and captured by the Punch

APC 4, 253, PDP 7,313 in Ondo East local government PDP

APC 10,681, PDP 8,306 in Ile Oluji Okeigbo local government APC

APC 13,464 PDP 6,493 in Akoko North east local government APC

APC 10,958 PDP 6,742 in Ifedore local government APC

APC 11,138 , AD 6,710, PDP 5,907 in Irele local government APC

APC 13,454, PDP 6,520 Ose local government APC

APC 10,673, PDP 17,382 in Ondo West PDP

APC 6,384, PDP 4,239 in Akoko south east APC
APC 19,892, PDP 7,691, AD 9,359 in Akoko South West APC
APC 13,048, PDP 6,049 in Akoko North West APC
APC 10,710 PDP 6119 Akure north APC
AD 16,294, APC 14,930 Okitipupa local AD
APC 32,988, PDP 4,241 Owo local government APC
APC 10,981, PDP 7,975 Idanre Local APC
APC 17,581, PDP 8,668 Odigbo Local government APC
APC 25,797, PDP 25,005 Akure South Local government APC
APC 10,700, PDP 8,701 Ese Odo local government APC