The Mega Party of Nigeria, (MPN) in Ekiti State yesterday held its governorship primary with Mr. Sunday Balogun emerging the candidate of the party for the forthcoming July 14 poll.
Balogun, polled 191 votes to beat other contestants to the ticket of the party.
His closest rival, Chief Abiodun Aluko, polled 146 votes placed second, Senator Bode Olowoporuku came third with 72 votes, while Ambassador Ayodele Ayodeji, polled seven votes to place fourth in the keenly contested exercise
The number of accredited votes for the primary was about 467 out of which 22 votes were voided.
The chairman of the 6-man committee of the Ekiti MPN governorship primary election in Ekiti State Alhaji Isah Nuhu Isah, said he was very impressed with the conduct of the aspirants and the delegates.
Isah, who commended the people for their efforts and patience while the exercise lasted said the process was perfect urging the winner to carry everybody along in the schemes of things in the party.
Initially, there were five contestants in the race, but before the commencement of voting, one of the aspirants Mrs. Bola Adeyina, pulled out of the contest.
Speaking earlier, one of the committee members, Pastor Abiodun Tawede, called on the delegates not to allow the primary to divide the party, saying members of the party is a family.
Tawede, noted that they should not see the primary as a “do-or-die” exercise, saying only one position is been contested for in the election. He ask for cooperation for a free, fair and credible primary.
The voting was done in the order of state executives, senatorial districts according to the local government councils in the state.
In his acceptance speech, Balogun, thanked the people for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner during the exercise.
He pointed out that the primary was the greatest and most peaceful in Ekiti, saying Maga party would take over the government of Nigeria and Ekiti State.
He commended security agencies for been at the top of their game, appealing to other aspirants to work with him and see themselves as one big family.
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