Adekunle Akinlade, an aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state, has been declared the winner of the governorship primary election in the southwest state.
The Ogun state APC chairman, Derin Adebiyi, made the declaration after a parallel primary was conducted on Tuesday.
Concise News reports that Akinlade, a lawmaker representing Egbada South/Ipokia federal constituency, is the preferred candidate of the incumbent governor of the state, Ibikunle Amosun.
While addressing journalists at the secretariat of the party in Abeokuta, the Ogun state APC chairman said Akinlade polled 190, 987 votes out of 201, 620 valid votes cast across the 236 wards in the state.
Adebiyi said Jimi Lawal came second with 5,o46 votes, Dapo Abiodun with 3,648 votes, while Abimbola Ashiru had 898 votes.
The Ogun state APC chairman said Adegbenga Kaka had 833 votes and Abayomi Hunye with 20 votes.
Adebiyi said the direct primary election was adopted and was monitored by security operatives and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Concise News reports that this is coming after the state party members accused the national working committee (NWC) representatives to the state led by Muhammad Indabawa of planning to compromise the election after it was postponed three times.
Adebiyi had said, “They arrived on Monday and at the meeting held at the MITROS Suites, Ibara, Abeokuta, the NWC panel told us the primary would hold on Tuesday.
“The party members were all in their wards waiting for the NWC panel, but they never showed up.”
Taiwo Adeoluwa, secretary to the Ogun state government, had accused the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, of planning to impose a governorship candidate on party members.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, the Electoral Committee was yet to react to this development.