Aspirants Protest Fraud And Irregularities As Fayemi's Candidate Wins APC Ticket

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Biodun Oyebanji, the former Secretary to the Ekiti State Government, won the governing All Progressives Congress's governorship ticket in the state on Thursday.

Kayode Fayemi
Kayode Fayemi

Abubakar Badaru, the Chairman of the APC Governorship Primary Electoral Committee for Ekiti and Jigawa State Governor, named Oyebanji the winner of the primary contest, saying the former SSG received 1,703 votes to overcome other candidates.

Kayode Ojo, a former governorship candidate, received 767 votes; Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, a member of the National Assembly, received 760 votes; Senator Dayo Adeyeye, a former Minister of Works, received 691 votes; and House of Representatives member Femi Bamisile received 400 votes, according to Badaru.

Badaru, who said the election followed the party’s guidelines, said he had not received any official complaint from any aspirant.

However, earlier in the day, seven of the eight governorship aspirants protested the list of Local Government Electoral Committees for the exercise, saying it contained names of Oyebanji’s supporters and campaigners.

The aggrieved aspirants – Bamidele; Adeyeye; Bamisile; Faparusi; Ojo; Popoola; and Afolabi, alongside their supporters stormed the state APC Secretariat where they called on the party national leadership and the Badaru-led committee to suspend the primary.

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