The “Battle” Oyetola of the All Progressive Congress Flag bear described as what lies ahead after winning the primaries that gave him the APC Ticket may seem to be what’s would be the outcome of its major contender in opposition, the people’s Democratic party primaries election that was just concluded yesterday with having Senator Adeleke as the clear winner. The battle now has a clear-cut of what lies ahead as that would be determinants of what the electorates may decide come September 22, in few months time.
The battles are indeed clear after its major opposition is now having as it flag-bearer, a senator representing Osun West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Ademola Adeleke who indeed clinched the PDP governorship ticket for the September 22 governorship election in the state with 1,569 votes.
He defeated the Chairman of Mutual Assurance, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, his closest rival, who initially scored 1,559 votes at the first count.
Ogunbiyi’s votes increased to 1,562 after they were recounted.
A former Secretary to the Osun State Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, scored 52 votes while a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Nathaniel Oke, polled three votes. A total of 56 votes were rejected.
Adeleke will contest the governorship election with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.
Some of the aspirants announced their withdrawal from the governorship primary before the exercise, which was held at the premises of GMT Hotel and Events Centre, started.
Some of the aspirants, who announced their withdrawal from the governorship primary, were Prof. Adeolu Durotoye, a former Minister of Youth Development, Olasunkanmi Akinlabi and Felix Ogunwale.
Other aspirants, who equally withdrew their participation, included Chief Lere Oyewunmi, former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Adejare Bello, and Ayoade Adewopo.
The Chairman of the Osun State PDP Governorship Electoral Panel, Seriake Dickson, had a hectic time as he was almost on his feet throughout the duration of the voting, which ended at 7.30pm.
Dickson, who is the Bayelsa State Governor, had earlier in his speech said the delegates would pick the most popular aspirant as the flagbearer of the party in the governorship poll holding on September 22, stressing that the panel would not tamper with the wish of the people.
He said, “This exercise will be free, fair, transparent and credible. The delegates will pick the candidate of the party. We won’t tamper with the wish of the people.”