The Deputy Governor of Ekiti state, Prof. Kolapo Olusola yesterday emerged winner of a keenly contested Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship primary.
Olusola defeated his rival, former Minister of State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye, to emerge winner in the governorship primary election. He polled 1,190 to defeat Adeyeye who polled 771.
The primary was conducted by a six man Committee led by the Delta State governor, Senator Patrick Okowa. A total number of 1,968 were accredited for the poll, while the same number also voted, while seven votes were voided.
The delegates accredited include members of the state executives, who were 28; former national and state lawmakers 38; local government chairmen and vice chairmen 32; Ado LG 124; Ekiti West 110; Ise Orun 115; Ikere 117; Irepodun/Ifelodun 99; Ado 128 and Ikole 128.
Others are Emure 109; Moba 120; Ekiti S’West 116. Efon 105; Gbonyin 109; Ilejemeje 108; Ekiti East 131; Oye 126; Ijero 123 while the last local government, Ido-Osi 113, had delegates.
The two aspirants and Governor Ayodele Fayose were the last to cast their votes at 5. 07pm when voting ended. The third aspirant, Senator Biodun Olujimi, had shortly before the primaries stepped down asking her supporters to vote for Adeyeye, who is the immediate past national spokesman of the PDP.
Before the counting of votes, the two aspirants had expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise and promised to cooperate with whoever emerges as the candidate of the party to ensure the victory of the PDP in the July 14 election.
The Eagle Hall venue of the voting exercise was condoned off by heavily armed security men drawn from the Police, the Department of State Services, DSS, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the vigilance security outfit.
Prior to the election, the state governor, Ayo Fayose had alleged plans by some hoodlums to disrupt the exercise.
The allegations came shortly after the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary election which held on Saturday ended inconclusively as thugs invaded the venue of the election, breaking ballot boxes.
He, therefore, challenged security agents to do everything necessary to forestall a recurrence of such at his party’s congress.