Kwara APC Primary: Omotoshe emerges APC guber candidate
Written by Uthy on October 2, 2018
A former journalist with THISDAY Newspaper, Hon. Kayode AbdulWahab Omotoshe has emerged the gubernatorial candidate of the Balogun Fulani factional group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State.
In an election that was held at the APC secretariat in Ilorin, Omotoshe, a former majority leader at the state House of Assembly defeated his co-contenders with a landslide victory, polling a total vote of 891.
Akeem Oladimeji Lawal, the son of the former governor in the state, late Admirer Muhammed Lawal polled the next highest votes of 27 to the former lawmaker.
Also defeated in the race is one time governorship aspirant in the state, Abdulrahmon Abdulrasaq who polled 3 votes, the Sobi FM proprietor, Lukman Mustaphe secured 11 votes while Seriki Yahaya had 16 votes. 2 votes were also recorded for Garba Gobir.
In the same vein, Mashood Mustapha, who was the former aide to the Senate President, Dr, Bukola Saraki polled 5 votes, the chairman of the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Modibo Kawu polled 2 votes while a legal luminary, Mohammed Belgore (SAN) had 6 votes.
Professor Shuaib Abdulraheem had 5 votes, Mallam Saliu Mustapha also secured twelve (12) votes while Yaman Abdullahi polled twelve seven (7) votes and Tajudeen Audu Makama got four (4) votes of the party delegates.
A total number of 1,007 delegates participated in the governorship primary and there were 12 invalid votes in all.
Having satisfied the requirement of the law and the party constitution, the returning officer for the primary, Hon. Christopher Ayeni declared Abdulwahab as winner of the poll.
Speaking at the event, the APC factional chairman in the state, Hon. Ishola Balogun-Fulani said that his factional group is the authentic one in the state having secured the court recognition.
“It is our own congress and primaries that will be approved because we are the authentic APC and we have the legal and constitutional backing. Following the directive of the national leadership of the APC to all states chapters of the party, except Lagos and Imo state, we are conducting our primaries today (yesterday).
“Court has given us injunction to operate as authentic executive and the injunction is with the INEC and the party and they will have to obey legal pronouncement. The other executive parading themselves illegally can’t select anyone yet as their differences mount daily,” Balogun- Fulani stressed.
In his acceptance speech, the APC governorship candidate, AbdulWahab thanked the delegates, promising not to betray the confidence repose in him.
He praised the leadership of the party in the state for providing a level playing ground for all the aspirants that participated in the primary.
AbdulWahab expressed optimism that his party would emerge victorious in next year’s governorship election in the state “because we were able to organise a rancour free primary, which result was acceptable to all aspirants.”
Meanwhile, following this development, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC has however issued a statement expelling the Balogun-Fulani-led executive from the Party.
In the statement signed by the Ag National Publicity Secretary of the party, the party leadership has rescheduled governorship primaries in Ogun, Zamfara, Bauchi and Abia to Monday (today).
While that of Kwara State has also been rescheduled to come as follows; Monday, October 1st, 2018 – House of Assembly Screening. Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 – Senate Primary, Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 – House of Representatives Primary, Thursday, October 4th, 2018 – Governorship Primary, Friday, October 5th, 2018 – House of Assembly Primaries.