Sen. Iyiola Omisore will fly the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) in the Osun governorship election, which will hold on August 9.
The controversial senator polled polled 1,128 votes to beat Olasunkanmi Akinlabi, who polled 35 votes and Mr. Wole Oke, who got five votes in the party primaries held on Saturday.
Announcing the results, Alhaji Adamu Aliero, the Chairman of the Gubernatorial Primary Organising Committee, said 18 votes were voided in the election, which saw Omisore’s main challenger, Sen. Adetunji Adeleke, a former governor of the state, withdrawing on Friday.
“The next step is to reach out to my brothers who also participated in the race; this victory is for us all. The party will be made stronger through sincere reconciliation in the interest of all,” Omisore said after he was declared winner.
“The party will explore all democratic means to win the general election. We will not be provoked to violence,” Omisore said.
Aliero, who urged the aspirants to come together and rally round the candidate in the interest of the party, said: ”The PDP is one big family and we should all pull resources together to ensure victory for the party in all elections.
“I want to thank all the delegates who participated in the election for their good conduct and sportsmanship, he said.
In his own remarks, the Chairman of the party in Osun, Alhaji Gani OlaOluwa, said the party was determined to make the primary generally acceptable to all the stakeholders.
“With the successful conduct of the primary, the party is in a better stead ahead of the general elections,” OlaOluwa said.
There was a heavy presence of security personnel drawn from the police, civil defence, road safety and State Security Service during the election.
Men and officers of Nigeria Police, Department of State Security and Nigerian Security and Civil defence Corps were seen manning the entrance of the hotel while those entering the venue were searched, before being allows entry.