BY OUR REPORTERS.
Ahead of October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo state, two candidates have emerged from two primaries conducted by the Social Democratic Party, SDP in the state.
While the Dele Thomas led Exco elected Alhaji Adekunle Saliu, the Dele Ogunbameru led Exco elected Prince Peter Oyeleye Fasua.
The two candidates emerged through a parallel Primaries held in Ondo and Akure on Thursday July 24, 2020.
With this development, the Ondo state chapter of the party has been factionalised ahead of governorship election in October this year.
While the Dele Thomas Thomas led Exco was having its Primaries in Ondo town, the Dele Ogunbameru faction was in Akure at the party secretariat, behind Peter’s Secondary School Akure conducting another primaries in line with Federal Government guidelines on Covid-19.
Adekunle Saliu emerged through a “yes” vote by delegates before some national officers of the party, Peter Fasua was elected by delegates from the across eighteen Local Government areas of the state.
The primary election that produced Saliu was witnessed by some national executives of the party led by its National Secretary who also doubles as the chairman of the Primary Election Committee, Alhaji Hussein Saleh Dass. Other national officers of the party present at the event include the National Publicity Secretary, Mr Alfa Mohammed and the National Welfare Officer of the party, Prince Wale Aladeoba.
Also present at the primary were the Acting Ondo State Chairman of SDP, Barrister Dele Thomas, former Ondo State Chairman and national leader of the party, Chief Korede Duyile, State Secretary of the party and Mr Festus Agboola.
In his acceptance speech, the governorship candidate, Alhaji Saliu expressed his gratitude to the 360 delegates for their firm belief in his aspiration and great vision for Ondo State.
He promised to lead the party to victory in the October 10, 2020 governorship election of Ondo State. Alhaji Saliu also assured of running a human development based government if elected.
“After getting elected by the grace of God, serious efforts will be geared toward making the party very stable and I will also address the issue of members that have cultivated the habit of selling out SDP during elections.”
However, Peter Fasua was elected under a peaceful atmosphere as the governorship candidate of Social Democratic Party, (SDP) in the upcoming October 10 election in the state.
After the exercise, Prince Peter Oyeleye Fasua emerged winner out of the three Aspirants through a process monitored by INEC.
The National Leader of the party, Mr. Bode Falade who led the team of Electoral Committee commended the delegates for their peaceful conduct.
Also present at the event was the chairman, Mr Dele Ogunbameru.
Mr Falade thereafter presented the certificate of return to the winner of the primaries and the result of the election to the representatives of INEC at the meeting.
In his acceptance speech, the candidate of the party in Oct 10 governorship election in Ondo State Prince Peter Fasua said that he was overwhelmed with the massive support given him by the members of the party.
He noted that he has lofty idea as to how to fix Ondo State in the areas of Education, Economy, Agriculture, Culture and Tourism, Natural Resources and a host of other sectors.