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 to place 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 delegates was 467, while 22 votes were voided.
The chairman of the 6-man committee of the Ekiti MPN governorship primary election, Alhaji Isah Nuhu Isah, said he was very impressed with the conduct of the aspirants and the delegates.
While commending the people for their efforts and patience while the exercise lasted, Isah said the process was perfect, urging the winner to carry everybody along in the scheme of things in the party.
An aspirant, Mrs Boka Adeyina, pulled out of the race before the commencement of voting.
Speaking earlier, one of the election committee members, Pastor Abiodun Tawede, called on the delegates not to allow the primary to divide the party, adding that the party is one big family.
Tawede, noted that they should not see the primary as a “do-or-die” exercise, saying only one position is being contested for in the election. He asked for cooperation for a free, fair and credible primary.
The voting was done in the order of state executives and 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 that MPN would take over the government of Nigeria and Ekiti State.
He also commended security agencies for being on top of their game.
He appealed to other aspirants to work with him and see themselves as one big family.
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