The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has elected Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka as its flagbearer for the Ekiti governorship election which comes up in July.
The aspirants are the present Deputy Governor, Kolapo Ishola, the lawmaker representing Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, and the immediate past PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye.
Mr Adeyeye polled 771 votes, a performance considered by his admirers as a good outing considering the fact that the state governor, Ayo Fayose, deployed all his arsenal against him, in support of the victor of the primaries.
Out of the 1,968 votes, Eleka scored 1,191, while Prince Adedayo Adeyeye got 770 votes and seven votes were voided.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the declaration of the result, Governor Fayose expressed appreciation to God and the Senator Okowa-led PDP gubernatorial primary election committee.
NAN reports that Dayo Adeyeye, who left the venue at about 8p.m, accepted the outcome of the primary election, which he agreed was conducted under free and fair atmosphere.
The decision of Olujimi, who was also a former deputy governor between December 2005 and October 2006 to Gov. Ayo Fayose, was viewed by many as a strategy to ensure that the governor's candidate and his deputy, Prof.
He, however, said the APC would give the PDP flag bearer a good fight for the Oke Ayoba Government House on July 14, adding that the APC is the preferred choice of the people.
PDP urged the people to continue to be vigilant and resist all external forces being sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to disrupt the peace of the state, having realized that they have no place in the hearts of the people of Ekiti State.
"With the emergence of a formidable candidate such as Olusola-Eleka, and the incontrovertible popularity of the PDP across Ekiti, we are already standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the people as we set for a very robust, issue-based campaign".
"Whoever emerges, I'm going to join hands with him to move the state forward".
Mr Fayose, in his remarks on the primaries, jokingly recommended Mr Okowa to the APC for the conduct of its rescheduled primaries.
Olujimi, whose action elicits a loud applause, said she made a decision to collapse her structure for Adeyeye for the progress of the party.