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THREE WOMEN, OTHERS EMERGE EKITI PDP HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES
by Lere Olayinka

 

The three women, who were elected, included Mrs Kate Odunayo, otherwise known as Madam Solar, who polled 59 votes to clinch the ticket for ido-Osi Local Government Constituency II Mrs Bunmi Orilowo, a former Secretary for the Local Government, who emerged winner for Constituency I with 55 votes and Bukola Olanrewaju who won the Ekiti South West Constituency II with 35 votes to defeat Mr. Toyin Ayoola, who polled 29 votes.

Three women and three serving members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, today, picked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) tickets to fly the party’s flag in the 2011 House of Assembly election.

 

They emerged victorious in PDP House of Assembly primary election held across the 16 Local Government Councils in the State today, amidst show of love and brotherliness among aspirants.

Though accreditation of delegates and voting did not commence in most of the centres until after 2 pm, the election, which was held in each of the 16 local government councils in the State, was adjudged as free, fair and transparent as no incident of violence was recorded in any of the council areas.

Result of Ikole Local Government Ward Four was however cancelled over alleged malpractices.

The three women, who were elected, included Mrs Kate Odunayo, otherwise known as Madam Solar, who polled 59 votes to clinch the ticket for ido-Osi Local Government Constituency II Mrs Bunmi Orilowo, a former Secretary for the Local Government, who emerged winner for Constituency I with 55 votes and Bukola Olanrewaju who won the Ekiti South West Constituency II with 35 votes to defeat Mr. Toyin Ayoola, who polled 29 votes.

Serving members of the State House of Assembly, who scaled the party nomination hurdle were Hon. Sunday Ajibade-Owolabi, who scored 45 votes as against his opponents, Sina Animasaun (37) and Bosun Oshuntokun (3) with one invalid vote, Elder Peter Ajayi, who clinched the Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Constituency II ticket and Hon. Bisi Kolawole, who emerged victories for Efon Local In Ado Local Government with 147 votes.

(L-R) Ekiti State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),
Chief Bola Olu-Ojo, Central Senatorial District Chairman, Chief Dipo
Anisulowo and PDP House of Assembly candidate for Ekiti West Local
Govt., Constituency I, Hon. Ajibade Owolabi (standing))

In Ado Local Government, Hon. Bola Aladeselu polled 58 votes to emerge winner for Constituency I while Mr. Toyin Obayemi, who polled 50 votes emerged winner for Constituency II.

For Ekiti West Constituency I, Hon Femi Jegede, a former Councillor in the Local Council had 88 votes to defeat Mr. Abbey Fagboro, a Lagos based independent Radio broadcaster who polled 66 votes while Hon. Jide Egunjobi, a former member of the State Civil Service Commission was elected as candidate for Ekiti South West Constituency I.
Others elected were Mr. Toyin Okoro (Ise), President, Council of Ekiti Youths, Mr. Wale Ayeni (Ikere II), Mr. Ayo Ogunsakin (Ikole II), Mr. Bidemi Ipinlaye (Ikole I), Ayo Boluade (Emure), Abiodun Michael Bankole (Irepodun/ifelodun I), Dele Ajibola, otherwise known as 50-50 (Ekiti East i), Gboye Afilaka (Moba I)a nd Victor Oluwole (Moba II).

Results for Ekiti East II, Gbonyin, Ijero, East II, Oye I and II, Ilejemeje and Ikere I were still being expected as at press time.

Reacting to the conduct of the primary election, one of the aspirants who lost out, Barrister Bayo Ayo said; “I lost out gallantly at the party primaries, so I am officially going on elective politics sabbatical for a while. It was a nice experience and I wish to thank all those who believed in me and supported me in one way or the other.”

Also commenting on the peaceful conduct of the election, the State Chairman, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo hailed the party members in the State for showing to the whole world that they are mature, civilised and peace-loving.


“From what I witnessed across the State today and reports made available to me from other areas that I was unable to visit, i think we have been able to send a strong message to those hypocrites, who masquerade as progressives that we are organised and business minded people.

“Surely, we are going to approach the 2011 general elections with this spirit of brotherliness and those who are found of seeking judicial victory instead of victory at the polls should be prepared for the greatest electoral humiliation of their lives,” he said.

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