Former Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose on Saturday emerged the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary election for the August 9 poll holding in Ekiti State.

Fayose was declared winner of the poll amidst protests from other aspirants who boycotted the primary election based on the allegation that the leadership of the party had skewed the process to favour the eventual winner of the poll.

The primary poll conducted at Eagle Hall along Ado/Ikere Road was greeted by protests by a former Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (retd), Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, Ambassador Dare Bejide, among others.

The aggrieved aspirants and some irate youths, who accompanied them to the venue of the election, were dispersed with teargas by policemen.

The former minister of police affairs was rushed out of the venue in a Hilux van.

The aggrieved aspirants, apart from boycotting the poll, had dragged the party to court via a case filed at a Federal High Court by one of the aspirants, Mr. Deji Ajayi. ?Ajayi had alleged that the return of Fayose to the party in 2012 did not follow the stipulated procedure of the party.

Despite the boycott of the poll by some aspirants, the PDP delegation from Abuja who conducted the primary election, led by Dr. Peter Odili, declared Fayose winner with 462 votes, Olubolade ?got seven votes, while the duo of ?Adeyeye and Modupe Ogundipe polled three and one votes respectively.

Odili, who is a former Governor of Rivers State, said a total number of 544 delegates were accredited for the primary election , while 477 ?ballots were used and ?four voided ballots recorded.

Odili said it was obvious that the process was transparent and credible, noting that only accredited delegates were allowed to vote.

He said, ?Having scored the highest number of votes, Peter Ayodele Fayose is hereby declared the winner.

?PDP is the largest party in Africa and we must show this by following the normal rules. Our leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, and the National Chairman, Adamu Mua?zu, have resolved to reposition the PDP through ?internal democracy and this we have demonstrated today.?

Fayose, who expressed happiness over his victory, promised to embark on a process of reconciliation, saying the party needed to be united to ?confront the incumbent Governor ?Kayode Fayemi in the August election.

Fayose said, ??I brought Fayemi into government in 2010 and I am more determined ?than ever to return him to where he belongs.

?Let me first thank our party leaders for doing a great job by conducting a free and fair primary. Now, we have to commence on a process of reconciliation by appealing to our brothers who may be aggrieved in any way with this process.?

But Adeyeye; former Deputy Governor, Mr. Abiodun Aluko; ?Senator Gbenga Aluko and ?Dupe Ogundipe have faulted the conduct of the governorship primary election.

The four aspirants, who addressed journalists at the campaign office of Abiodun Aluko in Ado-Ekiti, ?urged the national leadership of the party to declare the exercise null and void and of no effect.

Senator Gbenga ?Aluko, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved aspirants, said ?anomalies trailed the exercise.

He said, ?First is the eligibility of former Governor Ayo Fayose to contest. He is not a bonafide member of our party, the PDP. Legally, he cannot contest the primary and we are in court over that.

?Also, the ward delegate congress conducted last Wednesday was seriously skewed in favour of Fayose. In five local governments including ?Ikere, Ado, Gboyin, Emure, Ise/Orun and Efon, no congress took place and results were compiled for those areas.?

Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said the struggle over who emerges the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state is intense because the opposition party is planning to return to power loot the state treasury.

The governor said this in a statement made available to our correspondent on Saturday.

He said the PDP, which ruled the state for over six years plundered it and unleashed terror on the people.

The statement read, ?The confusion in the PDP is so incurable that it does not know what it wants. While some are agitating for consensus, others are haggling over primaries. Seeing the heavy security at its state secretariat in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday on the day of its highly controversial ward delegates? congress, the question on every Ekiti person?s lips is why the PDP cannot settle anything without guns, knives or other dangerous weapons??

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