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PDP Primary: Agboola Ajayi Emerges Ondo Guber Candidate

Agboola Ajayi, former Deputy Governor of Ondo State has emerged victoriously as the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) for the November 18 gubernatorial election in the state.

New Telegraph reports that Ajayi polled a total of 264 votes at the party primary held on Thursday, April 25, to emerge as the governorship candidate of the party.

He, however, beat his closest rival, a former member of the House of Representatives, Kolade Akinjo, who got 157 votes.

New Telegraph had earlier reported that seven aspirants contested the election with 621 delegates accredited.

He was followed by a former member of the House of Representatives, Kolade Akinjo, who got 157 votes.

Other results showed that a former Secretary General of the Afenifere, Chief Sola Ebiseni, polled 99 votes, Adeolu Akinwumi got 64 votes, Bamidele Akingboye scored 24, Mr John Mafo polled nine and Mr Bosun Arebuwa had two votes.

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Before the commencement of the exercise, the Chairman of the PDP primary election committee and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, vowed to conduct a free, fair, and credible primary.

Agboola served as the deputy governor to the late Rotimi Akeredolu up until 2020.

In the run-up to the 2020 governorship election, moves to impeach Agboola were thwarted, forcing him to join the PDP.

He, however, contested the 2020 election on the platform of the Zenith Labour Party after losing the PDP ticket to Eyitayo Jegede. He finished third in the poll with 69,127 votes.

He will now face the incumbent governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, another of Akeredolu’s former deputies at the November poll.

Aiyedatiwa had earlier emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress.

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