Two APC governorship candidates have emerged in Ogun state following parallel primaries held on Wednesday October 3rd.
The Ogun State chapter of APC had declared Adekunle Akinlade, winner of a parallel primary conducted in the state.
The state party Chairman, Chief Derin Adebiyi, declared Akinlade winner while addressing journalists at the secretariat of the party in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
He said Akinlade, the consensus candidate of the Yewa Elders Council and anointed candidate of the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, in a direct primary, polled 190,987 votes out of 201,620 valid votes cast across the 236 wards in the state.
Other aspirants who participated in the primaries, according to him, are a banker- turned politician, Jimi Lawal; a former Deputy Governor, Senator Adegbenga Kaka; immediate past Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru; oil mogul, Prince Dapo Abiodun; and Abayomi Hunye.
While reeling out votes scored by other aspirants, Adebiyi said Lawal came second scoring 5,046, Abiodun came third with 3,648, Ashiru came fourth with 898, Kaka came fifth with 833, while Hunye got 208 votes in the sixth position.
However, the Muhammad Ndabawa-led electoral committee sent to Ogun State by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC declared Prince Dapo Abiodun winner of the Direct governorship primary.
Declaring the result of the election conducted throughout the 236 wards across the 20 Local Governments Areas of the State, Chairman of the Committee, Muhammad Ndabawa said Prince Abiodun polled 102, 305 votes to emerge winner.
Ndabawa added that other contestants – Jimi Lawal scored 51,153 votes while Abimbola Ashiru polled 29,764 votes.
Other contestants, Senator Gbenga Kaka got 17,771 votes and Abayomi Hunye 9,110 votes while Adekunle Akinlade scored 23,443 votes.
Speaking to reporters, Ndabawa stated that he was not aware of an earlier announcement by the state chapter.
“My committee is the authentic body constituted by the NWC to conduct and supervise governorship primary in the state in line with the party guidelines and constitution”, he said.
APC is yet to decide which candidate is the authentic one.