JUST IN: APC Faction Picks Governorship Candidate In Kwara
A former member of the Kwara State House of Assembly and a one-time reporter with Thisday Newspaper, Hon. Kayode AbdulWahab has emerged as the factional gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state.
AbdulWahab, a former majority leader at Kwara State House of Assembly polled 891 votes to beat other 12 contestants for the APC gubernatorial ticket.
A total number of 1007 delegates participated in the governorship primary held at the state party secretariat, Onikanga road, GRA, Ilorin.
Seriki Yahaya scored 16, Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq,3, Garba Gobir 2, Akeem Oladimeji Lawal 27, Lukman Mustapha, 11, Mashood Mustapha 5, Modibo Kawu 2, Mohammed Belgore, SAN, 6, Professor Shuaib Abdulraheem 5, Mallam Saliu Mustapha 12 , Yaman Abdullahi 7 and Alh Tajudeen Makama 4.
There were 12 invalid 12 votes.
The returning officer for the primary, Hon. Christoper Ayeni declared that Alhaji Kayode Abdulwahab winner of the peaceful primary amidst jubilation from party supporters and admirers.
Speaking at the event, the APC chairman in the state, Hon. Ishola Balogun-Fulani said that the party is the winning party in the state.
It would be recalled that the state high court Ilorin had upheld Balogun Fulani led executive as the authentic APC in Kwara State.
"It is our own congress and primaries that will be approved because we are the authentic APC and we have the legal and constitutional backing.
"Following directive of the national leadership of the APC to all states chapters of the party, except Lagos and Imo state, we are conducting our primaries today
"Court has given us injunction to operate as authentic executive and the injunction is with the INEC and the party and they will have to obey legal pronouncement. The other executive parading themselves illegally can't select anyone yet as their differences mount daily," Balogun- Fulani declared.
In his acceptance speech, the APC governorship candidate, Kayode AbdulWahab thanked the delegates, promising not to betray the confidence reposed in him.
Meanwhile, the other factional Chairman of the Kwara State APC, Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa in a statement made available to newsmen in Ilorin, on Sunday said:
"Our attention has been drawn to a 'Sunday feast' held at one of Dr. Bukola Saraki's outlets in Ilorin for his followers to relax, particularly on a work free day like Sunday (today).
"It is illogical for anyone who knows, as an authentic member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State today to participate in any gathering termed APC primaries when, the outcome of the last screening exercise is yet to be out.
He added: "Let it be stated for the umpteenth time, that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has not released outcomes of the screening done for all our aspirants. The time table for our primaries are equally not out yet."
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