By Ayo Kehinde
The Ogun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has produced two governorship candidates for the 2019 governorship election following two parallel primaries that were held in the state on Wednesday.
The primary conducted by the state chapter of the party announced Adekunle Akinlade, member of the House of Representatives, while the electoral panel sent by the National Working Committee of the party produced oil magnate, Dapo Abiodun
According to the chairman of the party in the state, Chief Derin Adebiyi a breakdown of the result of the poll conducted through open secret ballot in the 236 wards of the 20 local government in the state showed that Akinlade won in all the 20 council areas of the state, scoring a total of 190,987 votes.
Mr. Jimi Lawal came second with a total of 5, 046 votes while Abiodun came third with 3, 648 votes.
Ashiru scored 898, Kaka 833 and and Hounye 208 votes to emerge fourth, fifth and sixth.
Adebiyi said that the primaries were supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies. Akinlade is said to be the anointed candidate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Muhammad Ndabawa, who led the NWC Electoral Committee members of the party declared that Abiodun, who hails from Ogun East Senatorial District, scored 102,305 votes from the 236 wards across the 20 Local Governments to emerge the candidate.
Ndabawa said Jimi Lawal scored 51,153 votes, Abimbola Ashiru 29,764, Senator Gbenga Kaka 17,771, Abayomi Hunye 9,110 votes and Adekunle Akinlade 23, 443 votes.
Ndabawa said that the declaration of Abiodun as winner “is subject to ratification by the National Working Committee of the party”.
He also said he was not aware of the exercise that produced Akinlade.
Meanwhile, the Prof. Abubakar Faki-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Zamfara State Governorship Primaries Committee has announced the cancellation of the primaries held in the state due to election malpractices including snatching of election materials and result sheets by the State’s government officials, which were taken to the Government House, Gusau. The process, according to the party, was also marred by violence.
The Party’s National Working Committee (NWC) approved the cancellation and said a new date will be announced soon.