Former Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Saturday emerged winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket to fly the party’s flag at the state governorship election scheduled to hold in July this year.
Fayemi, who the current Minister of Mines and Steel Development, polled 941 votes to beat former Governor, Segun Oni and 30 other aspirants in the rescheduled primary election held under tight security.
Oni, who was former Deputy National Chairman South of the party polled 481 votes while Mr Kayode Ojo scores 281 votes in the primary election among others.
The Renaissance reports that there was no delegate left inside the hall where the primary was held as they were compelled by security agents to leave immediately after casting their ballots.
There is also no protest from any of the 33 governorship aspirants in the auditorium yet unlike what happened during the botched first primary election.
Some of the aspirants such as Biodun Amudipe and Patrick Adekunle did not score a single vote, Opeyemi Bamidele scored eight votes while Sen. Ayo Arise; Bamidele Olumilua’s son, Muyiwa polled two votes.
Addressing the journalists after the primaries, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Gov. Tanko Al-Makura, thanked all the aspirants and delegates for their patience, understanding, perseverance and love for each other during and after the election.
He congratulated Fayemi for emerging victorious at the party’s primary election and charged him to work together with the other aspirants to enable him to achieve his desired goals and objectives in the main governorship election scheduled to hold on July 14.
In his acceptance remarks, Fayemi said he would be ready to work with all other aspirants for the glory of the party.
“I am delighted to have won the primaries and I 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 to better compared to what they are currently experiencing.
“All other aspirants are my friends and colleagues; I am going to work with them to ensure that our great party emerges as the winner in the forthcoming gubernatorial election,” the minister said.
Fayemi, who was governor in the state between October 16, 2010, and 2014, will now face the incumbent Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola, who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Meanwhile, in a swift reaction to the outcome of the APC gubernatorial primaries, the state governor, Mr Ayo Fayose has made a mockery of the primaries, thanking supporters of APC for choosing the minister as their candidate for the July 14 governorship election in the state.
He, however, warned Fayemi not to celebrate his pyrrhic victory yet as he would be soundly defeated on July 14.
Fayose said on his Twitter handle: “I thank the APC for giving Ekiti people a candidate they love to vote against at all times.
“Fayemi should not celebrate this pyrrhic victory yet because it is nothing but a flame that will be quenched on July 14.
“He should expect to suffer worse defeat compared to that of 2014.”