CRITICAL stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State have adopted the deputy governor of the state, Prof Kolapo Olusola as the preferred candidate of the party. Olusola, adoption was sequel to the decision reached at the party’s stakeholders meeting in Ado Ekiti yesterday, less than 12 months to the 2018 governorship election in the state. The meeting was attended by 177 councillors, 177 ward chairmen, 16 local government party chairmen,
chairmen and members of boards and parastatals, State Executive Council, state House of Assembly members, serving and former members of the PDP State Working Committee, former deputy governor, among others. The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting read: “After due consultation, without prejudice to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010, as amended, we formally endorse His Excellency, Prof Kolapo Olusola (the current deputy governor) from Ekiti South senatorial district, as our preferred aspirant/candidate.” Speaking to newsmen after the adoption, state chairman of the PDP, Chief Oguntuase said the party organs would abide by the decision taken by the stakeholders in the overall interest of the party and the entire people of Ekiti State. He, however, said that the adoption would not preclude any member of the party that is interested in the governorship ticket from contesting, adding that open and transparent primary election would be held in accordance with the rules of the party. Chairman of Forum of Ward Chairmen, Alhaji Amuda Sunmonu also hailed the decision, maintaining that “wherever Governor Fayose goes, we will follow him.” Also speaking on behalf of local council councillors, Hon Anifowose Mustapha said all the 177 councillors in the state were solidly behind the governor and that “the decision of the party’s stakeholders remained binding on all of us.” Secretary to the State Government, Dr Modupe Alade described the deputy governor as a competent and loyal member of the Governor Fayose political family, adding that his adoption was a reward for loyalty, dedication and commitment.

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