Ahead of tomorrow, Saturday, May 5, the much-awaited All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial primary election, no fewer than 2,671 delegates would determine the fate of 33 aspirants that will be contesting for the ticket of the party.
The delegates would come from 177 wards across the 16 local governments area of the state as follows:
12 delegates per Ward, a total of 2,124
26 delegates per LG, a total of 416
1 delegate per zone (South, Central, North), a total of 3
State delegates, a total of 35
Governorship aspirants, a total of 33
Statutory delegates, a total of 60
All the aspirants are wooing the delegates across the 16 Local Government Area of the state.
Newsflash247 gathered that the delegates across the state in the party are almost determined who would vote for on this coming Saturday primary election and the delegates being controlled by the leaders.
A source gathered that the two former governors of the state; Dr Kayode Fayemi and Engineer Segun Oni are frontline to be the candidate of the party.
Newsflash247 gathered the percentage of each aspirant across the state is as follow;
John Olukayode Fayemi was a former Governor of Ekiti State and a native of Isan-Ekiti in Oye Local Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria. He is currently the Minister of Solid Minerals Development. He installed the party structures at ward, local government, senatorial and state levels. But, Fayemi’s ambition is facing serious opposition within and outside the party. Some party members believe that his ambition is capable of dividing the party. The Fayose administration is determined to stop him by all means and the White Paper of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry, which indicted him of alleged fraud is putting a question mark on his ambition. He is from Ekiti North senatorial district. He is likely to score 35% out of the total delegates.
Adebayo Segun Oni was a former governor of Ekiti State and a native of Ifaki Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria. Segun Oni was sacked from Appeal Court on October 15, 2010, through controversial Justice Salami at the Appeal Tribunal sitting in Ilorin. Oni is a strong contender for the APC ticket and he has run a robust campaign. He is the immediate past Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party. He is the Chairman of the Board of Export Processing Zone (EPZ). Oni is popular among civil servants, pensioners and youths. He is perceived as a selfless statesman who backed Fayemi in the 2014 election despite the circumstances surrounding his removal from office. But, his supporters are still perceived as “PDP decampees.” He is in North senatorial district. He is likely to score 35% votes
Babafemi Ojudu, a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a native of Ado -Ekiti, in Ado Local Government Area. He is a vocal, bold and visible politician who has successfully transformed from an activist, rights campaigner, and journalist to a politician. Ojudu is the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters. He represented Ekiti Central in the Senate between 2011 and 2015. He is from Ekiti Central Senatorial District. He is likely to score 15% votes.
Olufemi Bamisile, a former Speaker of House of Assembly and Omua (Kota) Ekiti in Ekiti East Local Government of the state. He was the first aspirant to declare his ambition. Bamisile took the fight to Fayose by opening a campaign office directly beside the PDP secretariat He is from Ekiti South Senatorial District. He is likely to score 20% votes.
Gbenga Aluko, a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a native of Ode – Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area of the state. Aluko has a rich political experience. He is the son of the revered economist, the late Prof Sam Aluko, one of the intellectual think-tank of the Chief Obafemi Awolowo-led Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). He served as a Senator between 1999 and 2003. He was the Deputy Chief Whip. His campaign team is very organised and he has a deep pocket. Critics say Aluko is not a consistent politician. he has traversed the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), PDP, Labour Party (LP) and he is now in APC. He is from the South senatorial district. He is likely to score 10% of the delegates.
Bimbo Daramola, a former House of Representatives Member and a native of Ire- Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area of the state. Daramola was one of the most vocal members of the seventh House of Representatives
Opeyemi Bamidele, a Former member of the House of Representatives
He is a former member of House of Representatives
Dr. Wole Oluyede
Wole Oluyede, a successful medical doctor and a native of Ikere Ekiti in Ikere Local government Area of the state. He was endorsed by an elite group in his hometown, the Ikere Development Forum (IDF), led by the legal luminary, Chief Wole Olanipekun, as the town’s consensus candidate. His critics believe that he came late into the race. There are many aspirants from Ikere, his local government area, and this may affect his quest for votes from delegates. He is from Ikere in South senatorial district. He is likely to score 15% votes.
Senator Ayo Arise
Arise was in the sixth Senate. He represented Ekiti North. He was the Chairman of Committee on Privatisation. Arise is a philanthropist and a grassroots politician who should not be overlooked. He crossed over from PDP to APC last year. He is from Oye Local government, which parades many aspirants. He is believed to have joined the race late. He is likely to score 3% votes
Dr. Oluwole Oluleye
Oluleye is the son of former Finance Minister in the Obasanjo military regime, the late Maj.-Gen. James Oluleye. He is a former Executive Secretary of Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) during which he facilitated employment of many Ekiti indigenes. He is likely to score 2% votes
Dr. Adebayo Orire
The medical practitioner is a party elder and a grassroots politician. Orire is canvassing for a home-based governor who understands the people and he believes he fits the bill. His major challenge is that he may be outmuscled by richer aspirants. But, he believes his integrity is more important than money. He also has a kinsman, Kayode Ojo, in the race and this may deplete his votes. Orire is from Ikoro in Ekiti Central District. He is likely to score 1% votes
Alabi is a rich Information Technology investor with a company that employs a large number of Ekiti indigenes in Lagos and other parts of the world. He is a renowned philanthropist in his native Ikere and popular among the youths. His critics are of the view that he is an aspirant for the future and the high number of aspirants from his hometown is a knotty issue for him. He is likely to score 6% votes
Dr. Mrs Mojisola Yaya-Kolade
Yaya-Kolade is a nurse, midwife and pharmacist turned medical doctor. She is from Oye in Ekiti North. He is likely to score 1% vote
Olumilua is an engineer by profession. He served as a Senior Special Assistant to former governor Kayode Fayemi. He is the son of former governor of old Ondo State, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua. He is the one of the first aspirants to set up a campaign office in Ado-Ekiti to demonstrate his seriousness for the battle for his party’s ticket. He is from Ikere in Ekiti South. He is likely to score 2% votes
Chief Sesan Fatoba
Fatoba is a former Commissioner for Commerce and Industry during the administration of Otunba Niyi Adebayo (1999-2003) and also a retired Permanent Secretary. He is from Ikere in Ekiti South. He is likely to score 1% vote
Ajayi is a former Commissioner for Budget and Planning. He is from Emure in Ekiti South. He is likely to score 1% vote
Adesua is a former Commissioner under Otunba Niyi Adebayo-led administration between 1999-2003. He is from Omuo in Ekiti South. He is likely to score 1% votes
Coker is an Accountant. He hails from Ido in Ekiti North. He likely to score 1% vote
Decon Adekunle Esan
Esan is an America-based businessman. He is from Ilawe in Ekiti South. He likely to score 1% votes
Captain Sunday Adebomi
Adebomi is a Nigerian-born U.S Army Captain. He is from Ise in Ekiti South. He is likely to score 1% votes
Engr. Kayode Ojo
Ojo is an engineer by profession. He is from Ikoro in Ekiti Central. He likely to score 2% votes
Other aspirants are Mr Victor Kolade, Mr Bodunde Adeyanju, Barrister Ajayi Olatunji Olowo and Mrs Makes are likely to score 1% votes each.