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Fayose’s deputy, Eleka wins Ekiti PDP Governorship poll as APC leaders scramble to pick candidate

Kolapo Olusola-Eleka

Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka has emerged winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election, as a total of 1,968 delegates were accredited and voted at the primary poll.

Out of the total of number of votes, as announced by leader of PDP electoral committee, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Eleka scored 1,190 to defeat the only challenger in the race, a former Minister of Works, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, who scored 771 votes.

Seven of the votes were declared invalid by the electoral committee.

Mr Dayo Adeyeye, who left the venue at about 8p.m, accepted the outcome of the primary election, which he agreed was conducted under free and fair atmosphere.

In his acceptance speech, Eleka thanked the delegates for counting him worthy.

He expressed gratitude to Mr Dayo Adeyeye for exhibiting high volume of dexterity and courage throughout the period the pre-primary election.

The deputy governor, who praised Gov. Ayo Fayose for standing by him, vowed to defeat the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming July 14 governorship election in the state.

Fayose also promised to embark on meaningful reconciliation by reaching out to aggrieved party leaders, especially the duo of Dayo Adeyeye and Mrs Abiodun Olujimi, so that the PDP in the state can be a united house once again.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in the South-West on Tuesday in Abuja, met with the 33 aspirants contending for the party’s ticket for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti.

Former National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, who briefed newsmen after the meeting, said the leaders would advise the party’s national leadership on the proposed fresh primary in Ekiti.

“We are going to talk to the party about what the aspirants have said and what we all think is best, and we know that the party will take the right decision.

“We are going to convey our resolution to the party and the party will be able to tell you,” he said.

He added that the meeting took a decision on what would be best for the party and the country generally.

On whether a consensus candidate would be considered for the election, Akande said that may be an option for the aspirants.

“Consensus is already in our Constitution and it is an option; also primary election is already in our Constitution.

“But what we want is the general happiness of the leaders of the party, the contestants and our party,” he said.

He, however, added that the aspirants were asked to think about arriving at a consensus candidate ahead of the rescheduled primary slated for Friday.

The party on Saturday, conducted a primary election to pick its candidate for the Ekiti poll, but the exercise was marred by violence, which led to its cancellation by election committee.