Kolawole Clinches Ekiti PDP Governorship Ticket, Defeats Ex-Governor Oni

Kolawole Clinches Ekiti PDP Governorship Ticket, Defeats Ex-Governor Oni

By Babajide Okeowo

Olabisi Kolawole, the immediate past Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ekiti State has clinched the party’s ticket for the June 18 governorship election.

Kolawole, the candidate of former Governor Ayo Fayose polled 671 votes out of 1185 up for grabs. To defeat his closest rival, former governor Segun Oni, who polled 330 votes.

Eight aspirants – including former Governor Ayodele Fayose’s deputy and PDP candidate in the 2018 election, Professor Olusola Eleka – participated in the delegate primary election that was held in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Others include former PDP National Treasurer Wale Aribisala, as well as Bisi Kolawole, Kayode Adaramodu, Lateef Ajijola, and Mrs Titilayo Owolabi-Akerele.

Before the commencement of the exercise, one of the key aspirants, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, withdrew from the race.

Olujimi, who represents Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, cited gender bias and an unfair resolution of matters arising from a lingering controversial congress of the party.

According to her, the list to be used for the primary puts her at a disadvantage as her local government is left with only 12 delegates as decided by the party leadership.

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