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The leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party has chosen Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as its  consensus candidate in the 2018 governorship election ahead of the party’s primary election.

Prof. Olusola emerged PDP’s “most preferred candidate” to succeed Governor Ayo Fayose at a meeting, which was held by leaders of the party in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday.

In attendance the meeting were include serving and former members of the PDP State Working Committee, members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, chieftains of the party at the 16 local governments and 177 wards, as well as chairmen and members of Boards and Parastatals.

Prof. Olusola, who hails from Ikere Ekiti, the second largest town in the state, was adopted before the commencement of a retreat organised for members to sensitise them ahead of the 2018 election. The adoption of the deputy governor, a professor of Building Technology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, turned out to be the major decision reached at the party’s stakeholders’ meeting.

The communique 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.”

Those who signed the communique are Anifowose Mustapha for councillors; Alhaji Amuda Sunmonu for Ward chairmen; Mr. Femi Bamisile for Local Government Party Chairmen; Dapo Olagunju for Association of Local Government Chairmen; Senator Bode Ola for Chairmen of Boards and Parastatals; Dr. Modupe Alade (Secretary to the State Government) for State Executive Council; Speaker Kolawole Oluwawole for EKHA and the State Chairman of the party, Chief Gboyega Oguntuase.

After the adoption, Oguntuase told journalists that 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.

However, Ogutuase said the adoption of Prof. Olusola does not preclude any member of the party who wishes to contest for the party’s governorship ticket from contesting, adding that the party would hold an open and transparent primary election in accordance with its rules.

Chairman of Forum of Ward Chairmen, Alhaji Amuda Sunmonu, also hailed the decision to adopt Olusola, maintaining that “Wherever Governor Fayose goes, we will follow him.”

Speaking on behalf of councillors, 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.”

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