The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday approved the candidacy of Mr. Ayo Fayose for the forthcoming Ekiti State governorship election.
A statement issued by Mr. Olisa Metuh, the party`s National Publicity Secretary in Abuja said the NWC approved the nomination of Fayose after a thorough consideration of the report of the Ekiti State Governorship Primary Electoral Committee.
Fayose emerged winner with, polling 462 votes out of a total of 477 votes cast and was declared winner by Dr. Peter Odili, the leader of the PDP panel, which conducted the primaries on March 22.
News of Fayose’s victory at the primaries prompted celebrations within Ado-Ekiti township as many supporters came out in a carnival like procession along major roads to mark Fayose’s victory at the primaries but has been challenged by other candidates, who alleged that the votes were rigged to favor him.
However, the PDP statement said: “The NWC approved the result and upheld the nomination of Fayose as the candidate of the PDP for the June 2014 governorship election in Ekiti state.”
The party commended the committee for the conduct of a peaceful and transparent exercise and urged all PDP members in the state, including the other aspirants, to support the party`s candidate, adding that this was critical to ensure that the party had a successful outing at the governorship election.
Ninety-seven delegates were said to have been absent while 477 ballot papers were utilised and four were voided.
The Ekiti PDP primary election was said to have been observed by INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the State, security agents and other election observers.