APC’s Abiodun defeats PDP’s Adebutu, reelected Ogun governor, says INEC

Reelected Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State

Governor Dapo Abiodun has been reelected for a second term of four years in Ogun State.

Abiodun who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner by Prof Kayode Adebowale, who is the state Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the March 18, 2023 governorship election in Ogun State.

Prof Adebowale said Abiodun polled 276,298 to defeat his closest rivals, Ladi Adebutu, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 262,383, and Biyi Otegbeye of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) who polled 94,754 votes.

Though backed by former Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who is a serving Senator, ADC’s Otegbeye was still reduced to the third position by the incumbent governor.

“That Abiodun Adedapo Oluseun of APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned election,” Prof Adebowale stated.

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The governorship and assembly elections were held in 28 of Nigeria’s 36 states on Saturday, March 18, 2023, this was a week later than initially scheduled after a court case forced INEC to shift the elections’ date by a week.

The eight of the 36 states where elections did not hold are Anambra, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Kogi, Osun, and Ondo, as their governorship elections are now “off-season” due to litigations and court judgements.

The 28 states where governorship and assembly elections were held on March 18 are Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara.

Out of the 28 states, 11 serving governors including Makinde sought reelection while 17 outgoing governors are in the final weeks of their constitutional two-term limits of eight years, having been sworn in on May 29, 2015.