One of the 13 aggrieved governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, Senator Gbenga Aluko, emerged the consensus candidate of the party on Friday night.
The Director General of Senator Gbenga Aluko Cakpaign Organisation, Mr. Tunji Olatunde, disclosed this to our correspondent on the telephone late on Friday night.
Aluko’s emergence came seven days after the party conducted a primary election which produced former Governor Ayo Fayose as the governorship candidate.
Olatunde said of all the 13 aspirants who were clamouring for a consensus arrangement to select the flag bearer of the party, former Deputy Governor Bisi Omoyeni was the only one who did not participate in the election of Aluko.
One of the aspirants, Mr. Peter Obafemi, also confirmed that Aluko emerged the winner of the election done among the 12 aspirants.
He said all the 11 aspirants congratulated him and assured him of their support for the June 21 governorship election in the state.
Obafemi said he had hoped to win but was happy because another credible and experienced aspirant won the election and said he was sure Aluko would win the governorship election for the PDP.
Aluko while speaking with our correspondent said the Chairman of the PDP in Ekiti State, Mr. Makanjuola Ogundipe supervised the election which produced him ( Aluko) as the consensus candidate of the the party.
He said, “Everybody was asked to vote for themselves and one other aspirant. I thank God and my colleagues that I emerged the candidate.
“We are going to meet the President and the group would present our the consensus candidate to him.”
Aluko said Abiodun Aluko, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (retd), Mr. Deji Ajayi, Peter Obafemi among other aggrieved aspirants participated in the voting.
Efforts to get the PDP chairman in Ekiti State proved abortive calls put across to his telephone lines indicated that they had been switched off.