Minister of Mines and Steel Development and former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has emerged victorious from the APC Governorship Primaries of the State.
The rescue filed election saw the former Governor post 941 of a total of 2313 valid votes cast at the elections. Also a former Governor, Segun Oni came behind Fayemi as he had 481 of the votes while Kayode Ojo, got 281 votes; Femi Bamisile, 179; Oluwole Oluyede, 110; Gbenga Aluko, 86; Bimbo Daramola, 28; Bamidele Faparusi, 23, Babafemi Ojudu, who had stepped down got 10 votes; Opeyemi Bamidele, 8; Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, 4; Ayo Arise, 2; Muyiwa Olumilua, 2 votes; Oladipo Ogunkoyode, 8; Kola Alabi, 14; Bisi Aloba, 7; Sesan Fatoba, 45; and Victor Kolade, 16.
The primary election was rescheduled following a failed exercise the previous Saturday, caused by the eruption of violence after aspirants and their agents disrupted the process and destroyed ballot boxes.
Saturday’s election saw a heavy security by the combined forces of the police, officials of the State Security Service and civil defence officials.
There were more security officers than delegates who participated in the election at the Damlek Event Centre in Ado Ekiti.
Runner up, Mr Oni, has sent his cingratulatory message to Mr Fayemi on his victory and promised to stand fully behind him in the quest of his second coming as the Governor of Ekiti State.
He also assured he would not leave the party as being insinuated as a result of his loss.
“I am a party person, I will not only support him(Mr Fayemi), I will encourage him. I don’t have any intention of leaving the APC,” said Mr Oni.
Speaking shortly after his announcement as the winner of the primary, Mr Fayemi rallied his co-contestants to support him in the quest to win the next governorship election.
He said the battle had only started as the primary election was only the beginning of the struggle.
“But the battle has only just begun; the battle to reclaim our land and restore our values, the fight to ensure our great party comes out victorious in the July 14 general election,” he said.
“Without a doubt, Ekiti is in urgent need of rescue. It is imperative that we commence the task of purging ourselves of the bad reputation we have earned in recent years and restore good governance to the state.”
He said he was establishing his campaign advisory council which would be made up of all his co-contestants.
Fayemi reaffirmed that his intended return is not for retaliatory purposes, rather, he seeks to become Governor again to complete his unfinished business of placing the state on a good social pedestal and infrastructural strength.
He appreciated the delegates and the party for finding him worthy of hoisting the flag of the party in the July 14 election.
He thanked the Tanko Al-Makura-led committee for conducting a hitch–free exercise that had offered the security agencies to reclaim their soiled image during the last exercise.
Speaking earlier, Mr Al-Makura thanked the aspirants for showing a high sense of maturity throughout the exercise.
He said the conduct of the primaries showed that APC would win the governorship election come July 14, 2018.
He also thanked the security agencies for putting up a brilliant performance during the entire process.