Gboyega Adefarati, has polled 71 votes to defeat Dr Olusegun Ategbole who gathered 55 votes to emerge the All progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives candidate for Akoko South East /South West Federal Constituency in the forthcoming general election.
The former Commissioner in the state won the rerun primary election held at St Patrick’s college Iwaro Oka, after his candidacy was nullified by a Federal High court in Akure.
Following the order, the national body of the party in a letter notified the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of its conclusion to conduct a fresh primary election in the constituency.
The former deputy governor of Anambra state, Dr Nkem Okeke who led the five-man electoral committee from the national headquarters of the party disclosed that a total of 126 delegates participated in the rerun election.
Recall that The Trumpet reported that the nullified primary election in the constituency was held on May 27, at Akure, the state capital, due to alleged security threat.
Reacting after his victory, Adefarati, in a statement appreciated the party leaders, delegates and supporters for the trust and confidence reposed in him.
He appreciated the Ondo State Governor and the Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, for his support and steadfastness in this project.
“Aketi is an upright man who lives and leads justly for the equity of all in his party and administration. To us at the Triple A Support Group, we are proud that our Leader didn’t make a wrong choice in leadership. Aketi is a wonderful and worthy Leader.
“In a similar manner, Triple A singled out the National and State Executives of our party for appreciation for giving the contest a robust fight by providing a level plain ground for all the party members to express their free choices and propel their ambitions.
“Both Adamu-led National Working Committee and Adetimehin-led State Working Committee deserve great accolades for the good job done”
“To all our esteemed and erudite APC Leaders in Akoko South East and Akoko South West Federal Constituency, your support(s) are not quantifiable in any measure.
“Your brother and your self-chosen Candidate, Triple A, would keep appreciating you for your love and support”
“Of a truth, this election wouldn’t have been electrifying and interesting if Dr Victor Ategbole didn’t put up a legal challenge and great political prowess of contest.
“That is the beauty of democracy. We contest, we oppose, we reconcile and we realign. If it is not so, democracy will be despondent for people to practice.
“Now as a brother in this beautiful APC family, we welcome his contributions in ensuring that the Candidate of his party emerges victoriously in the general election” he stated.
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