Former Senate Leader, Teslim Kolawole Folarin on monday emerged the 2015 gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State having polled 167 votes out of the total 198 valid votes cast to beat other contestants as the former governor Otunba Alao Akala announced his defection to the?Labour Party.
At the primary election only the statutory delegates comprising the members of the state executive council of the party, the local government executive council members made up of the chairman, secretary, treasurer, youth leader and woman leader, the two members of the Board of Trustees (BoT), members of the State and National Assemblies were present.
Apart from?former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, who had defected to Labour Party,?Seyi Makinde, Femi Babalola and Isaac Owolabi were also noticeably absent.
In all, 211 delegates were accredited at the main bowl of the Basket Ball Court, Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (former Liberty Stadium) Oke-Ado, Ibadan, venue of the primary election out of which 10 votes were voided.
Declaring the results yesterday evening, the electoral committee chairman, Abba Aji disclosed that Alao-Akala polled two votes, Soji Adejumo, four, Azeez Adeduntan, three and Gbolarumi, 12 votes
While it was being rumoured as at press time that Alao-Akala was on his way to the Labour Party (LP), Makinde had taken the battle to the law court, using the court order obtained on Friday as pedestal.
Other governorship aspirants in attendance were Taoheed Adedoja, Soji Adejumo, Azeem Gbolarumi, Ayoade Adeseun and Azeez Adeduntan, though, only Gbolarumi and Adeduntan stayed behind to witness the conduct of the primary election while the other ones left after observing the process for a while.
Before Adejumo left, he remarked that the conduct of the election was not proper in the sense that aspirants were not allowed to present themselves to the delegates before the start of the election.
In a chat with our reporter, he said his observation as raised before the Abba Aji led electoral committee from the party’s national secretariat, Abuja was dismissed as he (Adejumo) was? told that such was not in the guideline given to him.
Adejumo, a former chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) expressed reservation about the totality of the exercise stressing that the idea of using statutory delegates was not in consonance with the party’s constitution as well as the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
Meanwhile, Folarin, in his acceptance speech described his election as a great honour and privilege with a promise that he would not betray the confidence reposed in him and neither would he disappoint them in anyway.
While charging his supporters to remain focused during the electioneering campaign, he said, “as good marketers and canvassers, you will be provoked in the course of campaign, you may be persecuted and you will be harassed.
“I enjoin you to remain calm in the face of all these. I want to assure you of my total commitment towards ensuring that our party wins the election. To my fellow contestants, I commend you, the victory is for us all. You have made the journey leading to this day a unique one in our state’s political history”, he said.
In a swift reaction the former governor Otunba Alao Akala said , He was never a party to the illegal primaries conducted by the PDP in the state describing the two votes alloted to him as operation from the realm of illusion
‘ Otunba Akala who spoke through his spokesperson Barrister Abraham Ojo said, it is ridiculous and laughable that the a giant politician like him could be alloted such a ridiculous vote when he has became a sought after bride to all politicians in the state
” Barrister Ojo said , “Already thousands of PDP supporters are? on their way to Labour Party alongside with Alao? Akala where he will contest and win the gubernatorial election?? in 2015.”