One of the member of Peoples Democratic Party representing Osun West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Ademola Adeleke has won
the PDP governorship ticket for the
September 22 governorship election in
the state with 1,569 votes.

He defeated the Chairman of Mutual
Assurance, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi, his
closest rival , who initially scored 1,559
votes at the first count.

Ogunbiyi ’s votes increased to 1,562
after they were recounted.
The former Secretary to the Osun State
Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade,
scored 52 votes while a Senior
Advocate of Nigeria , Nathniel Oke,
polled three votes. A total of 56 votes
were rejected.

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Adeleke will contest the governorship
election with the candidate of the All
Progressives Congress , Alhaji Gboyega
Oyetola.

Some of the aspirants announced their
withdrawal from the governorship
primary before the exercise, which
was held at the premises of GMT Hotel
and Events Centre, started.

Some of the aspirants , who announced
their withdrawal from the
governorship primary , were Prof.
Adeolu Durotoye, the former Minister of
Youth Development , Olasunkanmi
Akinlabi and Felix Ogunwale.
Other aspirants , who equally withdrew
their participation, included Chief
Lere Oyewunmi, former Speaker of the
Osun State House of Assembly, Adejare
Bello, and Ayoade Adewopo.

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The Chairman of the Osun State PDP
Governorship Electoral Panel , Seriake
Dickson, had a hectic time as he was
almost on his feet throughout the
duration of the voting , which ended at
7.30 pm.

Dickson, who is the Bayelsa State
Governor, had earlier in his speech
said the delegates would pick the most
popular aspirant as the flagbearer of
the party in the governorship poll
holding on September 22, stressing
that the panel would not tamper with
the wish of the people.

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He said , “ This exercise will be free,
fair, transparent and credible. The
delegates will pick the candidate of the
party. We won’t tamper with the wish
of the people.”

Security agents had to fire tear gas
canisters at the crowd towards the
evening when some hoodlums , outside
the venue, were said to have attempted to force their way inside.

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