The Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, will be the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party for the July 14 governorship election.
Olusola, the preferred candidate of Governor Ayodele Fayose, polled 1,191 to defeat a former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who scored 770 votes.
At least 1, 968 delegates were accredited for voting which commenced at 2:10 pm under a tight security, with journalists and others screened by fierce-looking policemen stationed at the gates.
“I appreciate God and thank the committee for doing a good job. I thank Prince Adeyeye and Senator Olujimi for their courage,” he said.
“In journeys like this, there would be a divide. They are leaders of the party irrespective of what has happened before this primary.
“They should join hands with the party to win the ultimate, which is the July 14 election. I commend all the delegates for exercising their civic right.
“I will reach out to Prince Adeyeye and Senator Olujimi and personally visit them. I appeal to them in the overall interest of the party to work for our common goal.”
Fayose mocked the All Progressives Congress for not conducting a successful primary, and urged all the political parties to emulate the PDP in organising a peaceful, credible, free and fair primary.
“They should come and learn from Governor Okowa. They can’t even conduct an election among themselves; they will still beat themselves again.”
Okowa commended Adeyeye, who had left before the official declaration of the results, for his spirit of sportsmanship.
The Delta Governor disclosed that Adeyeye had told him of his acceptance of the results before leaving.
Speaking with journalists earlier, Adeyeye said he was satisfied with the conduct of the primary.
“I’m satisfied the whole exercise has been fair, free and transparent. Whoever wins, we would join hands together,” he said.