- The Ekiti state chapter of the APC has been turned to a laughing stock among opposition politicians
- Governors Ifeanyi Okowa and Ayodele Fayose of Delta and Ekiti states respectively have taunted the APC for its botched primary
- The APC governorship primary election in Ekiti state was stalled due to violence on Saturday, May 5
The governor of Delta state and chairman of committee for Ekiti state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s primary for the July 14 poll, Ifeanyi Okowa, as well as Governor Ayodele Fayose have taunted the APC for its botched primary on Saturday, May 5.
Governor Okowa, while announcing the results of the PDP primary on Tuesday, May 8, hailed the contestants and delegates for displaying maturity, pointing out that this had again confirmed that the PDP was truly a democratic party.
His words: “By the power vested in me as the Returning Officer, I hereby return Professor Kolapo Olusola as the duly nominated gubernatorial candidate of the PDP for Ekti state governorship election, having scored the highest number of votes cast in this election.
“I want to congratulate Professor Kolapo Olusola for his victory, I wish him well,” Okowa said.
Tactically taunting Ekiti APC over the violence that marred its primary, Okowa added that “If you think this exercise was not peaceful, just look back and examine what happened in the past.”
On his part, Governor Fayose jokingly recommended Okowa to the APC for the conduct of the rescheduled primary in Ekiti, saying, “APC is worse than the PDP in every aspect.”
Before the commencement of the exercise, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, who represents Ekiti South in the National Assembly, announced her withdrawal from the primary.
Olujimi, whose action elicited a loud applause, said she decided to collapse her structure for Adeyeye for the progress of the party.
“For the benefits of our party I offer myself as a sacrificial lamb to make our party great. I am collapsing my structure for Prince Dayo Adeyeye,” she announced.
1,966 delegates voted for the party’s flag bearer during the election, which saw deputy governor, Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka emerge winner.
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