Ahead of next year’s governorship election, stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State have adopted the deputy governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola as sole candidate to take over from his boss.
Adoption of Olusola, a professor of Building Technology from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, who is from Ekiti South Senatorial District, was the major decision reached at the party’s stakeholders meeting in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday.
A statement by Lere Olayinka, the governor’s special assistant on new media, said the meeting was attended by 177 councillors, 177 ward chairmen, 16 Local Government party chairmen, 16 Local Council Chairmen, Chairmen and members of Boards and Parastatals, members of the State Executive Council, House of Assembly members, serving and former members of the PDP State Working Committee and former Deputy Governor, among others.
A communiqué at the end of the meeting noted that: “After due consultation, without prejudice to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), we formally endorse His Excellency, Prof Kolapo Olusola (the current deputy governor), from Ekiti South Senatorial District, as our preferred aspirant/candidate.”
Those who signed the communique were: Anifowose Mustapha, for the Councillors, Alhaji Amuda Sunmonu, for Ward Chairmen; Femi Bamisile, for Local Government Party Chairmen; Dapo Olagunju, for Local Government Chairmen (ALGON); and Senator Bode Ola, for Chairmen of Board and Parastatals. Others included: Dr Modupe Alade, Secretary to the State Government, for State Executive Council; Kolawole Oluwawole, Speaker of the State House of Assembly and the State Chairman of the party, Chief Gboyega Oguntuase.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, Chief Oguntuase said the party organs will abide by the decision taken by the stakeholders in the overall interest of the party and the entire people of Ekiti State.
He however said that the adoption will not preclude any member of the party that is interested in the governorship ticket from contesting, adding that open and transparent primary election will be held in accordance with the rules of the party.
Chairman of Forum of Ward Chairmen, Alhaji Amuda Sunmonu also hailed the decision to adopt Prof Olusola, maintaining that “Wherever Governor Fayose goes, we will follow him.”
Also speaking on behalf of local council councillors, Mustapha said all the 177 councillors in the State were solidly behind the governor and “the decision of the party’s stakeholders remained binding on all of us.”
Dr Alade, the SSG described the deputy governor as a competent and loyal member of the Governor Ayodele Fayose political family, adding that his adoption was a reward for loyalty, dedication and commitment.