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    Ekiti 2018: How Fayose’s deputy governor, Olusola emerged PDP’s candidate

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    Bola Macaulay
    Bola Macaulay is a freelance journalist based in Ibadan Oyo State. She is a graduate of Univesity of Ibadan and she's married with kids

    The much expected governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party came to an end on a peaceful note on Tuesday with the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Kolapo Olusola, emerging the candidate of the party.

    He defeated his closest rival and former minister of works, Dayo Adeyeye, after scoring 1,190 votes.

    Mr Adeyeye polled 771 votes, a performance considered by his admirers as a good outing considering the fact that the state governor, Ayo Fayose, deployed all his arsenal against him, in support of the winner of the primaries.

    Against all expectations, the election was rancour free and peacefully and transparently conducted, with both aspirants commending the process.

    The Senate’s deputy minority whip and the third aspirant, Biodun Olujimi, stepped down earlier for Mr Adeyeye, in order to brighten his chances of winning.

    That move, however, did not change the tide, as Mr Olusola still won with a margin of about 419 votes.

    In the primary election, 2,086 were accredited for the election but only 1,968 were eligible after others were disqualified. Seven votes were voided.

    Mr Olusola entered the race with a clear advantage with his endorsement by the state working committee of the PDP in the state at the instance of Mr Fayose.

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