The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced shortly after the declaring Dr Olusegun Mimiko winner of the Ondo State gubernatorial election yesterday? that a certificate of return would be issued to him tomorrow by noon.
As the news of the governor’s victory filtered into town, the masses trooped out en masse in jubilation over the electoral of the man whose supporters popularly call ‘Iroko’.
Akure, the state capital and Ondo, the hometown of the governor-elect, came alive as supporters of the Labour Party (LP) and residents of the state trooped out to felicitate with the governor.
The ever busy Adesida road, Akure, and other roads leading to Government House, Akure, played host to unprecedented influx of vehicular and human traffic that took over the roads in carnival like procession to rejoice with the governor
The situation in Ondo town was more exciting as Mimiko’s townsmen reactivated the annual Ogun Festival which was celebrated early in the year.
They blocked the roads and started singing victory songs all over the town, while some converged at beer parlours to celebrate what they described as a deserved victory of their son.
Reports from Owo, the hometown of the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, indicated that people from a section of the town, particularly Iloro area, were jubilant over Mimiko’s victory at the polls.
They were said to be expressing happiness that Mimiko won the election, since, according to them, he was the best man for the job.