Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has won the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Ekiti State.
In what could be the described as a landslide victory, Fayemi, also a former governor of the state, Fayemi got 941 delegate votes, out of the 2,313 valid votes cast.
Fayemi is closely followed by Chief Segun Oni, also a former governor of the state, who got 481 votes and a new entrant to the governorship contest, Olubunmi Ojo.
A total of 32 aspirants participated in the keenly contested APC primary held on Saturday at Damlek Events Centre, Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Governor Tanko Al-Makura, who chaired the election committee announced the result after 11pm today in Ado-Ekiti and thanked all the delegates and contestants for their show of maturity, patience and perseverance.
He reserved special praise for the security agents, who were able to maintain peace, unlike last week’s show that ended riotously.
He congratulated Dr Fayemi for winning the party’s primary election and charged him to work together with the other aspirants to enable him achieve his desired goals and objectives in the forthcoming July,14, gubernatorial election.
Fayemi, who was followed to the podium by all the other aspirants, said he was delighted to emerge as the winner of the party’s primary election.
The APC flag bearer said his victory was not his alone, but belonged to all the contestants.
He announced the formation of a Candidate Advisory Committee, with all the contestants as members and said he would be ready to work with all of them to achieve victory for the APC.
” I am delighted to have won the party’s primary election, and am also happy because the delegates voted for me. It shows they believe so much in my abilities to change the lives of the Ekiti people for the better compared to what they are currently experiencing.
” All other aspirants are my friends and colleagues, am going to work with them to ensure that our great party emerges as the winner in the forthcoming gubernatorial election,” he said.
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