Former Ekiti State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Otunba Bisi Kolawole, has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election for the June 18, 2022 guber poll.
Efon Alaaye born politician was backed by the former governor of the state, Ayo Fayose.
Kolawole, from Efon Alaaye in the Ekiti Central Senatorial District, was a former House of Assembly member from 2007 to 2011 and Commissioner for Environment under the administration of Fayose between 2015 and 2018.
Seventeen aspirants – Kolawole, Segun Oni, Senator Biodun Olujimi, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, Mrs Olumide Olubunmi, Kayode Adaramodu, Adewale Aribisala, Yinka Akerele, Ogunsakin Ayodeji, Alhaji Lateef Ajijola, Mrs Arogundade Olutoyin, Princess Adekemi Adewunmi from Efon, Mrs Cecillia Ebiesuwa, Mrs Adewumi Adesoye, Mrs Titilayo Owolabi, Mrs Modupe Asaolu and Mrs Deborah Alo – participated in the election.
Kolawole polled 671 votes to clinch the party’s governorship ticket. Segun Oni emerged the second runner-up with 330 votes. other includes Kemi Adewunmi 1 vote, Deji Ogunsakin 6 votes, Kayode Adaramodu 10 votes, Kolapo Olusola Eleka 93 votes, Wale Aribisala 56 votes
The chairman of the primary election committee and governor of Akwa State, Udom Emmanuel, while kicking off the election said: “It is our expectation that this Ekiti State primary election will be seamless at the time it is completed. We hope to see that the Ekiti State chapter of the PDP elects a widely acceptable flagbearer.”
According to him, the candidate should be able to make the ‘umbrella’ stronger and win the upcoming governorship election in June.
Udom disclosed that the aspirants were properly screened for the election and made to sign a peace pact.
“We are in agreement on strict adherence to electoral guidelines on the conduct of a credible, free and fair gubernatorial primary election in Ekiti.
“We also agreed to observe the protocols laid down by National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) for prevention of Covid-19 transmission,” he said.