By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
Bisi Kolawole has emerged as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti state.
Kolawole, former chairman of the party in the state, edged out former Governor Segun Oni and Kolapo Olusola, a former deputy governor of the state.
The primary election took place in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday.
Kolawole had resigned his position as Ekiti PDP chairman to contest the governorship election. He was the preferred aspirant of former governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose.
Kolawole is a former lawmaker representing Efon constituency in the state’s House of Assembly. He also served as commissioner of Environment between 2015 and 2018.
While endorsing Kolawole for the governorship election, Fayose had described him as a bridge-builder who will usher in a better future for the state and PDP.
“The man you have come to honour, Bisi Kolawole, is our collective project. I made him my preferred candidate in the overall interest of our party, but this does not foreclose due process of nomination in PDP.
“PDP is what we are supporting; it is what we are marketing. And all we want is a winner. We have started consultations and I know that victory is sure for us,” Fayose had said.
Earlier, Mrs Biodun Olujimi, the Senator representing Ekiti South, had pulled out of the race, accusing the party of tampering with the delgates list.
The delegates first converged at the Pastoral Centre in Ado Ekiti to get accredited, after which they moved to Great Eagle Hall for the voting exercise.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, was the chairman of the primary election committee.
See results below;
Kayode Adaramodu— 10
Kazeem Ayodeji— 6
Olusola Kolapo— 93
Deborah Ali— 1
Olumide Ojo— 1
Biodun Olujimi— 2
Aderemi Adewumi— 1
Adewale Aribisala— 56
Segun Oni— 330
Bisi Kolawole— 671