Senator Ademola Adeleke representing Osun West at the Nigerian Senate has secured the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party the September 22 governorship election in the state.
The Osun West lawmaker emerged winner of the opposition party’s primary with a total of 1,569 votes to beat his closest rival Dr Akin Ogunbiyi who scored 1,562 votes to place second.
The Chairman of the Osun PDP Election Committee and Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, declared Senator Adeleke the winner on Saturday night, July 21 after he defeated three (3) other aspirants in the exercise held in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.
Delegates at the primary, however, demanded a recount of the ballot papers but Governor Dickson reportedly declined the request.
Political Stew reports that about 3,000 delegates from various wards across the local government areas of the southwest state participated in the exercise.
Though eleven (11) aspirants had indicated interest to represent the party in the September 22 governorship election, seven (7) of the candidates, however, pulled out later.
The seven (7) of the candidates include a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adejare Bello, Professor Adeolu Durotoye, Jide Adeniji, Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, Ayoade Adewopo, Lere Oyewumi and Felix Ogunwale.
The aspirants said they resolved to withdraw to ensure stronger bond within the party and because of the appeals from PDP leaders.
Senator Adeleke consequently beat Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, as well as Fatai Akinbade and Nathaniel Oke to emerge the winner of the primary and is expected to contend with Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party as well as candidates of other political parties in the September 22 governorship election.