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Ekiti Former SSG, Speaker, Others Emerge Pick PDP Reps Ticket
by Lere Olayinka

 

Though delegates and aspirants had besieged the voting centres as early as 7.00am, voting could not be concluded until about 6.00 pm due to the late arrival of the officials from the party’s national secretariat.

Immediate past Secretary to the Ekiti State Government, Ambassador Dare Bejide, former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olufemi Bamisile and a former lecturer at the State owned University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD), Mr. T.K.O. Aluko were among the six candidates elected as candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2011 House of Representatives election today.

 

Bejide, a one-time Nigerian Ambassador to Canada emerged as the candidate for Ekiti South Federal Constituency I, while Bamisile and Aluko picked the South Constituency II and Central Constituency I respectively.

Others, who emerged victorious in the election conducted in the six Federal Constituencies were former Chairman, Ekiti State House of Assembly Service Commission, Akogun Bunmi Ogunleye (Ekiti North Constituency I), former Director General of the State Micro Credit Agency, Mr. Cyril Fasuyi (Ekiti North Constituency I) and Hon. Kehinde Odebunmi, who is presently representing Ekiti Central Constituency I. Of the six incumbent House of Representatives members in the State, only Odebunmi secured the PDP nod to return to the House with 348 votes to defeat six other contenders.


Hon. Kehinde Odebunmi

Though delegates and aspirants had besieged the voting centres as early as 7.00am, voting could not be concluded until about 6.00 pm due to the late arrival of the officials from the party’s national secretariat.

Reacting to the conduct of the primary election, one of the winners, Cyril Fasuyi said he was elated not because he won but because of the peaceful and transparent manner the election was conducted. “With what happened here today, it is clear that PDP is already setting the pace on conduct of credible elections in this country. Though we in the PDP in Ekiti State have always been peaceful and civil in our approach to elections, and with the peaceful conduct of both the House of Assembly and House of Reps primary elections, the public must have seen we are party of matured and civilised people. Also speaking with our reporter in Ido-Ekiti, one of the PDP officials, Chief Kunle Ogunlade said he was proud with the conduct of the election, saying; “We are showing to the public that we are capable to conducting a free and fair election and we are expecting INEC to take a cue from us by giving Nigerians a free, fair and credible elections.”
 

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