Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, has emerged winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship primaries held on Saturday.
Fayemi, a former governor of Ekiti State, pulled a total of 941 votes to defeat his closest rival who was also a former governor of the state, Segun Oni, who got 481 votes.
Other contestants participated in the election, but their votes were no match to Fayemi’s.
See below, other results;
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.
Out of 2,327 delegates, 2,313 votes were valid, while 11 were invalid.
After an initial failed attempt to conduct the primary election due to violence, yesterday was successful as the venue was completely surrounded by security forces in their thousands.
Former Governor Oni had already congratulated Fayemi on his victory, adding that he was not going to abandon the party because of his loss but rather gave Fayemi all necessary support to win the governorship election on July 14.
“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.
Fayemi, following the announcement of the result, said that he’ll need the support of his co-contestants because the battle has just begun.
He also added that he was establishing his campaign advisory council which would be made up of all his co-contestants.
“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.”
Dr. Fayemi will face the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Olusola Kolapo, who appears to be his biggest rival in the forthcoming Ekiti State Governorship Election.
Prof. Kolapo is Governor Ayodele Fayose’s deputy. Fayose is the current sitting governor of Ekiti State who defeated Fayemi, who was then the incumbent governor of the state in 2014, before emerging as a Minister under President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.