JOHNSON OJO, Ado Ekiti
Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, and current Minister of Mines, Solid minerals and Steel Development, John Kayode Fayemi, has won the All Progressive Congress (APC) primary to emerge the party’s flag bearer for the July 14 governorship election. He polled 941 votes out of 2,316 accredited votes of the delegates.
Official figure had been 2,618 while total number of accredited delegates is 2,327 and votes voided were 11.Also, Ex-governor of the state, and former Deputy National Chairman of the APC, South Nigeria, Segun Oni , emerged second runner up to Fayemi with 481 votes, while a new comer to the scene, Olubunmi Kayode Ojo, emerged third with 281 votes. Former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, during incumbent Governor Ayo Fayose’s first tenure, Bamisile Richards Olufemi came fourth with 179 votes.
Bimbo Daramola, ex- member of House of Representatives, and current Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House of Representatives, polled 28 votes. Also, another member of the House of Representatives, Bamidele Faparusi, polled 23 votes.Former Deputy Senate Whip, Senator Gbenga Aluko, polled 86, while, Senator Ayo Arise, who had defeated from the PDP, polled 2, Opeyemi Bamidele, also a former member of Representatives, polled 8 votes.
Despite stepping down barely 24 hours to the exercise, Special Adviser on political Affairs to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, polled 10. His results was announced because the primary committee had yet to receive his notification of quitting the race on Saturday evening.
The party’s primary began at about 8am on Saturday with accreditation of delegates lasting till 12:25 pm while voting began at 1:06pm. Voting ended at 4:14pm and sorting of delegates bites began at 4:57pm, and lasted till 8:53pm on Saturday. Votes’ counting began at 8:55pm and lasted till 10:45pm.
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