Abiodun Wins Ogun APC Primary •••As Amosun, Tripple A, Modele Sarafa, Others Stay Away From Venue - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Abiodun Wins Ogun APC Primary •••As Amosun, Tripple A, Modele Sarafa, Others Stay Away From Venue

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The Daily Crucible | Thursday, May 26, 2022

By Mariam Adekunle, Abeokuta

Governor Dapo Abiodun has emerged winner of the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State.

Abiodun polled 1,168 to defeat five  other contestants for the APC ticket with each of the other aspirants scoring zero vote.

The defeated five aspirants are Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, Modele Sarafa - Yusuf, Chief Remilekun Bakare, Arc. Owodunni Opayemi and Biyi Otegbeye. They were physically absent but sent in agents to represent them.

A total of 1,180 delegates from 236 wards spreads across the State's 20 Local Government Areas were accredited for the primary. A total of 1,170 votes were cast, 1,168 declared valid while two votes were treated as void.

Hon. Wale Ohu, the chairman of the 5 - man APC Governorship Primary Committee in Ogun State, in announcing governor Abiodun winner, said of him: "Prince Adedapo Abiodun, having scored the highest majority vote cast is hereby declared the winner of the APC governorship primary election in Ogun state and he is hereby declared the governorship candidate of APC to stand in the 2023 governorship election in the state."

The exercise which was conducted by the five-man electoral panel, led by Wale Ohu, was monitored by 12 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), led by the Director of Elections and Party Monitor, Mrs. Oyafunke Olanike.

Ogun APC chieftains who were at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, for the primary were former governor Segun Osoba, ex - governor Gbenga Daniel, former Deputy governor Gbenga Kaka, his female counterpart, Alh. Makanjuola Badru,  Senator Olamilekan Solomon Adeola, Senator Gbenga Obadara, Chief (Mrs) Iyabo Apampa among others

However, former governor and Senator representing Ogun central, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, was visibly absent at the venue.

Earlier, the 5 - man APC Governorship Primary Committee being chaired by Wale Ohu, had  assured of a level playing field for all aspirants which provides for "open contest devoid of any hanky panky."

Abiodun in his acceptance speech, described the election as a victory for the people of the state.

"This is definitely a day to remember. It is a day of victory – a victory that I will savour for all my life. It is a day the majority of our party men and women spoke with one voice. It is a day that an overwhelming 100 per cent was scored in an electoral process in Nigeria. I am excited. I am grateful and I promise not to let you down.

"A 100 per cent in any exam is the mark of genius. While I do not claim to be one, I am challenged by it. In a democracy, it is a resounding vote of confidence. You know it is one thing to support one on paper; on the social media or on the face value. This is real life and not mere audio endorsement. In a free and fair contest, it speaks volume about a people’s love for their own.

"I will continue to carry out the office of governor in such a way that those who voted for me today can take pride in having done so. Let me also assure you that those who will be my opponents in the general elections would be pleasantly surprised and have no choice than to join us in our Vision of “Building Our Future Together”.

"During these uncertain times, my highest commitment is to be your bipartisan voice in the state so that we can achieve our shared goals. Our state is one that has been built by our compassion towards each other, our commitment to decency, and our faith in our neighbours. 

"Now is the time for us to be more united as a people so that we can genuinely continue to improve on our economy, create more rewarding jobs, provide more effective and easily accessible healthcare, and ensure that every student receives improved education", Abiodun submitted.

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