Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa Wins Ondo APC Primary, Extends Olive Branch to Rivals

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa wins Ondo APC governorship primary, but allegations of irregularities raise concerns about party unity ahead of the November election.

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Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa Wins Ondo APC Primary, Extends Olive Branch to Rivals

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa Wins Ondo APC Primary, Extends Olive Branch to Rivals

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State has emerged as the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election, securing the party's nomination for the upcoming November 16 election.

Aiyedatiwa clinched victory by polling 48,569 votes in 16 out of the 18 local government areas, defeating his closest rival, Mayowa Akinfolarin, who received 15,343 votes.

The primary election, which took place on Saturday and Sunday, saw a total of 95,178 valid votes cast by party members across the state. However, the process was not without controversy, as reports of violence marred the exercise in Ifedore local government area, leading to the cancellation of results from that area.

Some of the aspirants, including Folakemi Omogoroye, alleged irregularities in the conduct of the primary and called for a fresh, transparent election. Disgruntled party members also staged protests at the APC secretariat in Akure, demanding the cancellation of the exercise.

Despite these challenges, the Chairman of the Governorship Primary Election Committee and Governor of Kogi State, Ahmed Ododo, declared Aiyedatiwa as the winner. In his acceptance speech, the governor-elect acknowledged the participation of all 16 aspirants, stating that their involvement created awareness and strengthened the party.

Why this matters: The outcome of the Ondo APC governorship primary has significant implications for the party's chances in the upcoming November election. As the incumbent governor, Aiyedatiwa's victory puts him in a strong position to lead the APC's campaign against the opposition. However, the allegations of irregularities and protests from some aspirants highlight the need for the party to address internal divisions and ensure a united front going into the general election.

Aiyedatiwa extended an olive branch to his co-contestants, emphasizing the need for unity within the party. "This is not the time to hold grudges, but for everyone to come together to work for the success of the party and remain in power," he said. The governor-elect also expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu, the Vice President, the National Chairman, and other party leaders for their support throughout the process.

Looking ahead, Aiyedatiwa outlined his plans to address various issues in the state, including infrastructure development, healthcare, education, civil service reforms, security, and creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. As the APC shifts its focus to the November election, the party will need to rally behind its candidate and present a cohesive message to the electorate in order to secure victory.

Key Takeaways

  • Ondo APC gov primary: Aiyedatiwa wins with 48,569 votes, defeating Akinfolarin (15,343).
  • Controversy: Violence in Ifedore LGA led to cancellation of results, and allegations of irregularities.
  • Aiyedatiwa acknowledged co-contestants, called for unity; outlined plans for Ondo state.
  • Aiyedatiwa's victory puts him in a strong position for Nov election, but party needs to address divisions.
  • Aiyedatiwa thanked Tinubu, VP, and party leaders for their support during the primary process.