Ondo: Akeredolu Emerges APC Flag Bearer in Controversial Primary

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 21 – Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has emerged the governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the upcoming gubernatorial election in the state after a controversial party primary election on Monday.

Today’s Echo had earlier done an analysis of the lingering crisis in the Ondo State APC.

Akeredolu defeated eight other aspirants in the race for the party’s ticket to emerge the candidate of the party in an indirect primary election.

Four aspirants have earlier withdrawn and stepped down for Akeredolu before the commencement of the party’s primary which commenced around 2pm and ended around 8:35pm.

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The governor was declared the party’s flag bearer, having won the highest number of lawful votes at the party’s primary election held at the International Conference Centre, Dome, Akure, the state capital.

The four aspirants who had withdrawn from the race include Ife Oyedele, Segun Abraham, Jimi Odimayo and Nathaniel Adojutelegan.

Akeredolu was declared winner of the contest with 2,725 votes defeating Chief Olusola Oke who polled 262, while Hon. Issacs Kekemeke scored 19 votes.

Others in the race, Iji Sola scored nine votes, Awodeyi Akinterinwa, one vote, Anifowose Olajumoke, two votes, Nathaniel Adojutelegan, four votes, Olaide Adelami, four votes, Bukola Adetula with no vote, while Invalid votes is 33

About 3,127 delegates across the 18 local government areas of the state participated in the election which produced Akeredolu as the party’s candidate.

Akeredolu won in all the 18 local government areas in the state to emerge the party’s candidate.

However, several party chieftains in the state have distanced themselves from the primary. One of the key contestants, Olusola Oke, had earlier kicked against the exercise, saying that the adoption of indirect mode of primary for Monday election is a subversion of the party’s constitution.

A party source from the Olusola Oke camp told Today’s Echo that Oke and other party chieftains will challenge the outcome of the primary in court.

“The primary is for them, not for us,”the source said.

“The Governors Forum under Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, and Yahaya Bello of Kogi, have forced this upon us and we will challenge this illegality in court,” he added.

Akeredolu will be slugging it out with other candidates from other political parties in the October 10 governorship election.

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