Aiyedatiwa emerges winner of APC gov ticket in Ondo

……..Ododo said Aiyedatiwa polled 48,569 votes

Amidst protest over the conduct of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election in Ondo State, Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa was early on Monday morning declared winner.

The Chairman of the party’s Primary Election Committee for Ondo State and Governor of Kogi, Usman Ododo said that Aiyedatiwa having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest vote was the winner.

A total of 171,922 members of the party were revalidated to vote in 203 wards in the 18 local government areas of the state.

Ododo said that Aiyedatiwa polled 48,569 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Mr Mayowa Akinfolarin, who had 15,343 out of 95,178 valid votes counted.

Mr Olusola Oke, SAN, was placed third with 14,195 votes.

According to the chairman of the election committee, Aiyedatiwa won in 16 out of the 18 local government areas of the state while Oke won in one

He said that there was no voting in Ifedore Local Government Area as a result of widespread violence and threat to life.

Ododo appreciated all party members who participated in the exercise for their courage and perseverance, describing the primary election as peaceful.

He said that the real work had just begun, adding that the aspirants and their supporters should not allow the results of the primary election to divide them.

According to him, there is no reason to abandon the party.

The chairman asked the party members to be in unity in order to come out more united and stronger in the subsequent political contests.

NAN reports that the party adopted the direct mode for the conduct of the primary which held on Saturday.

However, due to some irregularities a rerun was ordered on Sunday in the 13 wards in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.

Earlier, some of the aspirants criticized the conduct of the primary election alleging violence and none arrival of materials and officials in some wards.

There was also a protest on Sunday by supporters of some of the aspirants at the APC secretariat in Akure, who called for the cancellation of the exercise.

Other aspirants that participated in the primary are: Mr Isaac Kekemeke, Mr Olusoji Ehinlanwo, Mr Olugbenga Edema , Sen. Jimoh Ibrahim, Mr Diran Iyantan; Prof. Dayo Faduyile, Mr Ifeoluwa Oyedele.

Others are Mrs Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo, Mr Adewale Akinterinwa; Mr Olusola Oke, Mr  Ohunyeye Felix; Mr Morayo Lebi, Mrs Judith Omogoroye and Mr Jimi Odimayo.

Meanwhile, Governor commended the large turnout of stakeholders and members during the exercise.

Ododo gave the commendation on Saturday in Akure when receiving reports from members of the APC Governorship Primary Election committee, security agencies and other stakeholders who monitored conduct of the election in the state.

“I have received reports from our committee members and security agencies as well as NGOs that monitored the election including video footages.

“And I can say that the process has been transparent and we are going to produce a candidate that will unify the APC ahead of the November, 2024 governorship election in the state,” he said.

Responding to questions on delay in arrival of materials in some wards and local government areas, the committee chairman expressed certainty that the delay had no adverse effect on the conduct of the primary election.

He also assured that concerns raised about the revalidated membership list would not have any major impact on the outcome of the primary election.

Ododo stressed that the committee was well guided by the APC guidelines for the nomination of candidates for general elections and relevant provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022.

He advised the aspirants and their supporters to see the primary election as a contest among brothers and sisters in one family.

According to him, all the aspirant should seek to make the party formidable and support the candidate of the party in the November, 2024 Governorship election in Ondo State.  (NAN) 

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