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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Reps Bye-Election: Alade Lawson wins Ondo APC Primary

Adekola Afolabi,
Jubril Bada &
Saheed Ibrahim

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A businessman, Mayokun Lawson Alade has emerged the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the bye-election to fill the vacant seat for Akure South and North Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

The atmosphere was thrown into wild jubilation after the announcement by party supporters waiting outside The Dome for the results.

Alade scored 305 delegate votes to beat his female closest rival and subsequently  declared winner by the Chairman, of the seven-man National Committee and Deputy Governor of Anambra state, Nkem Okeke.

The only female aspirant, Omowunmi Olatunji-Owovoriole pulled 196 votes to come second and Demola Adegoroye had 66 votes to place third.

A former Secretary to the State Government, Ifedayo Abegunde came fourth with 56 delegates’ votes.

Femi Fadairo had 43 votes, Abiodun Adesida 16 votes, Sunday Olajide 13 votes and Owoyemi Emmanuel had four.

The election, which had 702 accredited delegates from Akure South and North Local Government areas, was free of any violence before and during the election process.

Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were on ground to oversee the election, with security personnel, aspirants’ agents and newsmen.

Declaring the result, chairman of the electoral panel and Deputy Governor of Anambra state Dr, Nkem Okeke said the process was transparent as everyone could see.

He said it was apparent as none of the aspirants complained and it was a lesson to always do things right

Reacting, Femi Fadairo described the election as free and fair, saying he was happy with the conduct of the election as it would make the APC more progressive.

Mrs Omowumi Olatunji-Owovoriole congratulated the winner and thanked God for the success of the primary election.

She said she would support the winner in the upcoming election come February 26.

Addressing the aspirants earlier at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Arcade, Akure, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu informed them that he has no preferred candidate among all the eight aspirants jostling to fill the vacant position.

The Governor specifically said he was supporting nobody in the bye-election primary but encouraged all delegates to vote according to their conscience.

He equally advised the delegates to conduct themselves in peaceful manner to sustain the existing peace in the state.

The Governor, however, assured that there would be a level playing ground for all the aspirants.

“I have said it over and over again that I have no candidate. I’m supporting nobody, go and vote according to your conscience,” Akeredolu emphasised.

He warned that he would not tolerate any form of violence during the conduct of the bye-election primary.

He said the APC had conducted several primaries in the state including governorship primary that produced him without any rancour, hence they must ensure the bye-election primary was rancour free to ensure that the best candidate is emerged.

He noted that Ondo State people are known for peace, just as he encouraged all stakeholders to make the exercise seamless.

Akeredolu explained that the election should not be seen as a do-or-die, adding that all aspirants should demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship in the interest of the party.

The Governor disclosed that whoever emerged as candidate of the party during the primary would be supported by all to ensure overwhelming victory at the poll.

He said he was confident that APC would emerge victoriously at the February 26 bye-election.

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