The Peoples Democratice Party, PDP, has voted Ayodele Fayose, as its candidate for the Ekiti state governorship election which comes up on June 21.
Fayose, who ruled the state between 2003 and 2006 before he was impeached on corruption charges, got 462 out of 477 votes, defeating former moinister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade, who got seven votes, Dayo Adeyeye, who came third with 3 votes and Modupe Ogundipe, who clinched forth position with one vote.
The result of the primaries was announced by the chairman of the committee set up for the exercise. Peter Odili, former governor of Rovers State
Some of the aspirants had pulled out from the primaries in protest against last Wednesday’s ward congresses which they said was hijacked by Fayose.
But speaking with reporters shortly after the primaries that was held at Ado-Ekiti, Fayose enjoined other aspirants of the party to join hands with him in rescuing the state from the present administration.
Fayose described the process which led to his emergence as successful and peaceful.
The three main contenders for the governorship seat are Fayose, Kayode Fayemi,of the All Progressive Congress, APC, the present governor, and Opeyemi Bamidele of the Labour Party, LP.
Fayose was accused of embezzling up to N416 million state funds, particularly the Ekiti State Poultry Project handled by his childhood friend and contractor, Gbenga James.