With a narrow margin of just seven votes to beat his closest rival, Sen. Ademola Adeleke on Saturday, clinched the Osun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket to fly its flag in the governorship election slated to hold on Sept 22.
Adeleke polled 1569 votes to beat Mr Dr Akin Ogunbiyi who got 1562 votes in the party primaries held on Satuday in Osogbo.
A former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, came third with 56 votesmwhile Mr Nathaniel Oke, came fourth with only three votes.
Addressing the delegates after announcing the winner, the chairman of the election comittee, Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, commended the delegates for conducting themselves peacefully duringbthe exercise.
Dickson urged other aspirants to support the winner with a view to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State.
He thanked the aspirants, the INEC, the observers team and the law enforcement agents for their exemplary conducts.
In an acceptance speech, Adeleke extended the hand of fellowship to other contestants, promising an all inclusive government that will take Osun to the promised land.
Before the election, seven aspirants had announced their withdrawal from the primary.
They are Mr Adejare Bello, former speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Prof. Adeolu Durotoye, Jide Adeniji, Sen. Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, Mr Ayoade Adewopo, Mr Lere Oyewumi and Mr Felix Ogunwale.
The aspirants explained that they stepped down from the race due to appeal from the party’s leadership and to ensure cohesion within the party.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo