Ekiti Governorship Primary: PDP Finally Elects Candidate (LIVE UPDATES)

Ekiti Governorship Primary: PDP Finally Elects Candidate (LIVE UPDATES)

As members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti cast their vote to elect a candidate to represent the party in the June 18 governorship election in the state, Legit.ng brings you live updates from the venue as well as bringing you to date with all the details you need to know about candidates and other political situations.

Bisi Kolawole wins PDP's governorship primary

Bisi Kolawole has won the governorship primary! Below is the result:

Kayode Adaramodu— 10

Kazeem Ayodeji— 6

Olusola Kolapo— 93

Deborah Ali— 1

Ojo— 1

Makanjuola— 1

Biodun Olujimi— 2

Aderemi Adewumi— 1

Adewale Aribisala— 56

Segun Oni— 330

Bisi Kolawole— 671

Kolawole is former governor Fayose's preferred candidate.

Early lead: Bisi Kolawole

So far, Bisi Kolawole has had the most mentions since the sorting started. Kolawole who is Fayose's anointed aspirant is closely followed by Segun Oni.

Fayose's anointed aspirant

Ahead of the declaration of the winner of the primary, former Governor Fayose's anointed aspirant is Bisi Kolawole.

Fayose snubbed his former deputy, Kolapo Olusola, who is also participating in the primary.

In 2018, Olusola was Fayose's anointed aspirant.

Olayinka is the spokesperson and director of media and publicity of Kolawole's campaign organisation.

Voting is over

All the delegates from all the LGAs in Ekiti state have now voted.

Governor Udom who is the chairman of the PDP primary election committee has announced that sorting of the votes will start now.

Fayose votes

Former governor Fayose who is a delegate representing Irepodun LGA, has now cast his vote.

Delegates from three more LGAs vote

Delegates from three more LGAs, Ikere, Ikole-Ekiti and Ilejeme, have voted.

Delegates from Ijero LGA cast their votes

Ijero local government area delegates are casting their votes. So far, delegates from eight LGAs have voted. Eight more LGAs remain.

Delegates from Ekiti West, Emure LGAs cast their voters

Ekiti West delegates have cast their votes. Their counterparts from Emure LGA have started voting too.

Delegates from Gboyin LGA voting

Accredited delegates from Gboyin LGA, five of them, are casting their votes now.

It's the turn of delegates from Ekiti East

Delegates from Ekiti East are now voting for their preferred governorship candidate.

Delegates from Efon LGA voting

Delegates from Efon LGA are now voting. It was gathered that accredited delegates from the LGA are 78.

Former governor Fayose arrives

Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state, has arrived. He exchanges pleasantries with Governor Udom.

First delegate votes

The first delegate to vote; she’s from Ado LGA.

Voting begins

Voting has begun while Governor Udom threatened to eject anyone who misbehaves.

He said:

"I brought my security men from Uyo, if you misbehave, they will send you out. So you won’t go and claim I brought security men from Ado, they are all from Uyo. Also, if you don’t have any business to do in this hall, please go out now."

Governor Udom arrives

Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom state who is the chairman of the primary election committee has arrived at the Great Eagles Hall to supervise the voting.

Ballot boxes ready

Ballot boxes are already in place as voting will start soon.

Accreditation coming to an end as voting is about to commence

Accreditation is now rounding off at the Pastoral Centre in Ado-Ekiti. The next agenda is the voting proper.

Breaking: Abiodun Olujimi pulls out of Ekiti state PDP primary election

Senator Abiodun Olujimi has withdrawn from the PDP primary election. She said she is disappointed with the process.

She said:

"I feel disenfranchised, I feel like the party does not believe in my presence there. I believe the party does not believe in whatever I have done, so I have pulled out."

Some accredited delegates are already at the Great Eagle Hall

Some accredited delegates are already at the Great Eagle Hall. This is where they will cast their votes for today's exercise.

Accredited delegates are already at the Great Eagle Hall
Some accredited delegates are already at the Great Eagle Hall. Photo: The Cable
Source: UGC

A brief recap

Ekiti has been an APC state since 2018.

In the 2018 election, Kayode Fayemi, the incumbent governor, secured 197,459 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Kolapo Olusola Eleka of the PDP.

None of the other 33 candidates in that election had up to 10,000 votes.

The PDP is keen to retake control of the state, hence, the party will be hoping to field a strong candidate at the governorship election on June 18.

Segun Oni, Biodun Olujimi, Kolapo Olusola Ereka and Bisi Kolawole are the leading horses in the race.

The APC will hold the primary election to choose its candidate tomorrow.

Fayose, Olujimi, Segun Oni in show of supremacy
PDP holds primary in Ekiti state
Source: Twitter

Accreditation still ongoing

While many have done their accreditation, some delegates are still waiting for their turn, after which they will proceed to Eagle Hall where the voting will take place.

Delegates from Irepodun LGA on the queue for accreditation

Delegates from Irepodun LGA are now on the queue for accreditation. This is the LGA of Ayo Fayose.

Delegates heading to the voting centre

Delegates are now heading to the voting centre at Great Eagle Hall, Ado-Ekiti

Emmanuel promises level playing field

Meanwhile, addressing the delegates, Emmanuel called for calm, promising to ensure a level playing ground for all the aspirants.

He said that the five -member electoral committee in collaboration with security agencies would not allow accreditation and voting process to be disrupted or manipulated by anybody.

Why Udom Emmanuel is present

Prior to this exercise, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) named a five-member committee to oversee the conduct of a special congress in Ekiti state ahead of the governorship election.

The party, through the national organising secretary, Umar Bature, said the team will be led by Akwa-Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel.

Other members are Nigeria’s former minister of State for Defence, Olusola Obada, the deputy minority leader of the House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu (secretary), Michael Mku and Ibrahim Khalid.

The committee has been tasked to elect the PDP governorship flag bearer in January 26, 2022 exercise.

Emmanuel Udom overseeing the exercise

As the delegates get accredited, Emmanuel Udom, Akwa Ibom governor, is overseeing the exercise.

Emmanuel Udom is overseeing the exercise.
Emmanuel Udom, Akwa Ibom governor overseeing the exercise.
Source: UGC

Delegates from Oye-Ekiti

Oye Ekito delegates
Delegates from Oye-Ekiti LGA are on the queue for accreditation.
Source: UGC

Segun Oni joins the queue for accreditation.

Segun Oni, a former governor of Ekiti state and one of the aspirants, joins the queue for accreditation.

Segun Oni joins the queue for accreditation.
Segun Oni joins the queue for accreditation.
Source: UGC

Lere Olayinka sitting with delegates

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Lere Olayinka, former governor Fayose's spokesperson sitting with other delegates.
Source: UGC

Cross section of delegates

Delegates waiting to get accredited.
A cross-section of delegates waiting to get accredited.
Source: UGC

Protest against 'doctored' list

Allegation of doctored list

A report by the Cable indicates that some delegates from Ikole, Ido-Osi and Oye LGAs fear that the delegate list may have been doctored. Some of them said their names are no longer on the list they believe was originally submitted.

Delegates from Ikere-Ekiti LGA wait to get accredited.

No social distancing
Delegates from Ikere-Ekiti LGA wait to get accredited. Photo: The Cable
Source: UGC

Gov primary: Soldiers arrest 150 armed thugs in Ekiti

Soldiers of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Ondo on Wednesday, January 26, nabbed about 150 political thugs in the Efon Alaaye area of Ekiti.

Punch reports that the arrested persons were on their way to the Ekiti primaries when they were nabbed in the early hours of Wednesday.

The thugs will be taken to Owens Barracks in Akure, the Ondo state capital for further investigation.

The incident was confirmed by the Brigade's spokesman, Akin Omojokun.

Political thugs from Ibadan with guns heading for Ekiti PDP primay election

The Nigerian Army has reportedly intercepted some armed members of the Oyo state Park Management System otherwise known as National Union Workers (NURTW) at Ita Awure/Efon Junction, Osun state.

Political thugs
Political thugs heading for Ekiti PDP primary election arrested
Source: UGC

They were reportedly heading for Ekiti, to disrupt the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Primaries, slated for today.

Governor Seyi Makinde reportedly backing Segun Oni

A report by Sahara Reporters claimed that Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, is supporting emergence of former governor Segun Oni.

Here are the contestants

A strong contestant in the primary is former Senate minority leader and Senator representing Ekiti South, Mrs. Biodun Olujimi.

Another strong contestant is Bisi Kolawole. He was a former chairman of the PDP in Ekiti who resigned his position to contest the governorship election. He is the preferred aspirant of Ayo Fayose, former governor of the state.

Segun Oni, a former governor of the state who returned back to the party, after a stint with the ruling APC, would be on the ballot for today’s primary.

Other contestants are: Senator Olujimi, a renowned Architect, Mr. Lateef Ajijola, former House of Representatives member, Hon Wale Aribisala; former Deputy Governor Kolapo Olusola; Otunba Yinka Akerele, former banker, Kayode Adaramodu, among others.

17 candidates vying for one position

At the last count, 17 contenders have expressed interest in being the PDP’s candidate in the election which is just about five months away.

Delegate shows off card

Delegate from Moba LGA proudly shows off his membership card.
A delegate from Moba LGA proudly shows off his membership card. Photo: The Cable
Source: UGC

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