Bisi ABASS

 

The Chairman of the Primary Election Committee, Gov. Abubakar Baderu of Jigawa, has  declared Biodun Oyebanji as the winner of the Ekiti All Progressives Congress governorship primary election.

Governor Badaru Abubakar announced that Oyebanji pulled 101,703 out of the total number of votes cast.

Baderu made the declaration at the State Collation Centre, APC party Secretariat, located at Ajilosun, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

The other candidates who earlier announced their withdrawal from the race still won token votes.

Demola Popoola who did not join the protest won just 239 votes.

Bamidele Faparusi got 376 votes, Kayode Ojo 767, Opeyemi Bamidele 760, Dayo Adeyeye 691.

Femi Bamisile got 400 votes, Toyin Afolabi 47 votes.

“It is my pleasure to declare Biodun Oyebanji as the winner of this primary, haven scored the highest votes cast.

“Having satisfied all necessary criteria, I hereby declare Abiodun Abayomi Oyebanji as the winner,” Baderu said.

He added that Ekiti APC had 183,560 registered members, 107,877 members were accredited and total votes cast was 104,983.

The chairman expressed surprise at the allegations by some aspirants that they were not consulted, adding that 20 names were submitted by each of the aspirants to be added to the list of the Returning and they were all captured.

Badaru, however, explained that the meeting that was earlier slated for Thursday morning, between the committee and the aspirants was cancelled because there was security report that the venue was tensed.

The chairman said that the primaries took place across the 177 wards and that it was free and fair.

“However, there are pockets of violence, when we receive the results, we will know where we need to cancel, we will.

“As we have earlier promised, we have ensured a level playing ground for all aspirants,”the committee chairman added.

On the protest by some of the aspirants, the committee chairman added that he had not received any official petition but only heard about it on the media.

He directed that the returning officers of the wards where elections were not held should write their reports and submit same to the committee.

The results presented by the 16 Local Government Area Returning Officers revealed that Oyebanji won in all the council areas.

Oyebanji was the former secretary to the Ekiti State government.

His candidacy enjoyed the strong backing of the incumbent, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

 

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