The sitting Senator  representing Kwara South in National Assembly, Sule Ajibola as emerged winner of the People?s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship primary in Kwara State.

Governor Gabriel Suswan of Benue State, Chairman of the Electoral panel declared Ajibola winner at about 4.45 am on Friday having scored144 votes to defeat 11 other contestants.

In a keenly contested primary, Ajibola beat the first runner up, Barrister Dele Belgore (SAN) who polled 132 votes with 12 votes .

Belgore was closely followed by Senator Gbemisola Saraki who scored 113 to beat the former Special Adviser to the President on national Assembly matters who scored 107 votes to take fourth position.

Professor Abubakar Oba Abdulraheem, former Chairman, Federal Character Commission, came fifth with 58 votes while former Minister of Sports and two-term Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon Bio Ibrahim scored 45.

Alhaji Hakeem Lawal, the scion of former Governor of the state, late Admiral Mohammed Lawal floored Industrialist and Technocrat, Alhaji Jani Ibrahim to clinch the sixth position.

Lawal polled 33 votes while Jani Ibrahim and Deacon John Dara scored 27 and 16 votes respectively.

Engr Sunday Babalola scored 3 votes; Arch Kale Belgore former Commissioner, Lands and Housing under Ex -Governor Bukola Sarakiscored only one vote while Alhaji Abdulahi Sanusi from Kaiama Local Government has no vote.

Our Correspondent reports that a total of 680 delegates were accredited out of the total 709 accredited delegates for the Governorship primary.

29 delegates were absent from the governorship primary while two votes were voided.

Our Correspondent reports that though there was tight security, the election was however conducted under a serene and peaceful atmosphere.

Accreditation stated at about 10.40 pm on Thursday while voting commenced at 1.28 am and ended at 3.27 am on Friday.

Our Correspondent reports that Governor Suswan had earlier held about 12 hours close door meeting with the 12 aspirants, party executive members and PDP Elders to fine tune modalities for conducting a credible primary.

The State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Salihu Garba personally superintended over the security of the venue to prevent break down of law and order.

 Speaking after declaring Ajibola winner, Governor Suswan commended all the aspirants for the way they conducted themselves and displaying high sense of maturity.

He said that the outcome of the primary was a demonstration of internal democracy which PDP believed so much in as means of deepening the country fledgling democracy.

Suswan further expressed satisfaction that the election took place without rancour and called on all aspirants and stake holders to work together towards winning the 2015 general elections.

In his acceptance speech, Senator Ajibola expressed gratitude to all delegates and the party faithful for giving him their votes.

He declared, ?We are all winners in this election as there is no victor, no vanquished in this Governorship Primary and indeed in all primaries of PDP in Kwara”.

“I urge that we should all work together to make to ensure that today?s victory translate into winning Kwara for PDP in 2015?.

Ajibola therefore enjoined his Co – aspirants and PDP to make his emergence as the party?s flag bearer to be the end of slavery in Kwara.

The flag bearer extended hands of fellowship to his co- contestants, promising to deliver the Government to PDP in 2015.

Ajibola said; ?I am a winner; five times I have stood up in elections against Sarakis and five times, I defeated them flatly?.

According to him, the confidence the Party reposed in him by giving him the ticket has re-emboldened and gave him hope that he would floor Senator Bukola Saraki led APC Government in Kwara again.

One of the aspirants, Deacon John Dara congratulated Ajibola for his victory and lauded the outcome of the primary.

All other aspirants also joined Dara in commending organizers of the primary, state and national bodies of PDP for providing level plain ground and conducting the election in free, fair and transparent manner.

The aspirants further commended PDP for ensuring that the primary has at last made the party wax stronger and united to face the challenges of winning the 2015 elections.

The aspirants expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the primary as it has doused all doubts that the exercise would be the albatross that would shatter the party into shreds.


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