A legal practitioner, Ife Adedipe (SAN) on Monday won the primary election for Ondo Central Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).
He polled 82 votes to beat the incumbent Senator, Ayo Akinyelure who scored 58 votes.
Adedipe polled eighty two votes (82) to beat the incumbent Senator, Ayo Akinyelure popularly known as “Allover” who had fifty eight (58) votes, followed by the former Chairman of the party in the state, Clement Faboyede with fifty seven (57) votes.
The Chairman, Election Committee, Idhiarhi Bekekhimi, declared him the winner during the party’s primary held at Ondo road in Akure, the state capital.
Speaking with Journalists after the exercise, Senator Akinyelure who is a two term Senator, blamed the immediate past Governor of the state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko for his defeat, alleging that he directed most party’s delegates to vote for his main opponent.
The winner, Ifedayo Adedipe who is from Akure South Local Government expressed delight over his victory, vowing to lead the PDP to victory in the general elections.
Before the exercise, the three contestants had agreed to work together and to also carry followers of the defeated Aspirants along in the interest of the party.
They described one another as brothers and respected stakeholders in the party hence the need to confront the opposition’s candidates together during the main election.
Security operatives were on ground at the venue where several military trucks including the police armoured personnel carrier were also stationed strategically
As of the time of filling this report, results from the Southern and Northern senatorial district were still unknown.
In a related development, a group under the auspices of APC Akoko for Good Governance, has warned all Akoko-born political appointees of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu against working against their people by endorsing a stooge of the governor.
The group, while condemning what it termed as an attempt by Governor Akeredolu to impose a particular candidate on the people, called party leaders, particularly the national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, to call Akeredolu to order and allow party members to choose a candidate of their choice at the primaries.
The coordinator of the forum, Comrade Abdulaziz Akorede, in a press statement said that although there was provision for a consensus candidate in the constitution, it should be a true consensus whereby all the aspirants would sign a written document to show they agree with the consensus.
“In the spirit of justice, equity and fair play, our great party should allow all the senatorial aspirants from Akoko to go for the primaries. Let the people determine who will represent them”, Akorede said.
Akorede expressed surprise over an emergency meeting summoned by Akeredolu appointees in Akoko land to force the people to support a purported governor’s candidate, saying such effort will surely bring hatred and disunity in Akoko land because all the three aspirants from Akoko are qualified to represent them at the National Assembly.
He warned against a selection process that would amount to imposition or any semblance of it, describing the governor’s effort as a deliberate plan to cause disaffection, crisis and disunity in the party and Akokoland in general.
“We have received from a reliable source that there is message being circulated in Akoko among our people by political appointees of Governor Akeredolu that there will be meeting on Monday at Ogbagi Garden, where they want to surreptitiously impose a particular candidate on the people. We want to say categorically that we, members of the Akoko For Good Governance, and indeed a large percentage of our people are not party to the meeting.
“We speak as trueborn Akoko indigenes who do not support any aspirant. However, we stand for free, fair and unbiased primary election that will usher in a better future for Akokoland.
“We state here without fear or favour that the three senatorial aspirants from Akoko for the Ondo North Senatorial Districts ticket are all well-qualified Akoko sons who have earned their good names in their different fields, Therefore, we ask that they should be given free hand to go to their people to seek their votes. We say NO to imposition and fake endorsement which will only lead Akoko to war.
“Come to think of it, is Gbenga Elegbeleye, a one-time member House of Representatives representing Akoko North/West constituency in the Green Chamber; Chairman of Akoko North East and Also chairman of sport commission not qualified enough? Talk about Rear Admiral Samuel Ilesanmi Alade, a one-time Provost of War College, who retired from the Nigerian Navy with accolades not qualified? These are people who have given their best to Akoko and Nigeria. We asked that they should be allowed to exercise their rights.
“Enough of the pushing and shoving. We won’t allow someone from Owo to dictate to us here in Akoko who we should vote for. All what we are saying is that there should be level playing ground for all the aspirants”.