The Deputy Governor of Ekiti state, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka has been picked by Governor Ayo Fayose as the anointed and preferred candidate of the PDP in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

Reliable sources at the Ekiti Government house confirmed that Governor Fayose eventually settled for his deputy after receiving a field report that Mr Kayode Oso may not be sellable during the general election.

According to one of the sources, the governor had allegedly briefed prominent indigenes of Ado Ekiti including a legal icon and a revered traditional ruler in a meeting that lasted for hours on Tuesday night.

The source further disclosed that the governor has called all big players in the party to a meeting on Wednesday to intimate them of his decision to endorse Prof. Olusola.

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Adoption of the deputy governor, who is a professor of Building Technology from the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun State, was the major decision reached at the party’s meeting in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday.

The decision was made official through a statement after the meeting.

The meeting was attended by 177 councilors, 177 ward chairpersons, 16 local government party chairpersons, 16 local council chairpersons, chairpersons and members of boards and parastatals, State Executive Council, Ekiti State House of Assembly members, serving and former members of the PDP State Working Committee, former Deputy Governor, among others.

There was wild jubilation in Ikere, hometown of the deputy governor as news of his adoption filtered in.

The Chairman of Forum of Ward Chairpersons, Amuda Sunmonu, hailed the decision to adopt Prof. Olusola, adding that “Wherever Governor Fayose goes, we will follow him”.