THE national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended all members of the party in Ekiti state, the critical stakeholders, particularly, Governor Ayo Fayose, the aspirants as well as the delegates, for the conduct of a peaceful, free, fair and credible PDP governorship primary on Tuesday.
He polled 1,191 to defeat a former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in the keenly contested primary.
Adeyeye, who was the only other aspirant for the July 14 governorship ticket, finished with 771 votes.
The election was conducted by a 5-man Committee led by the governor of Delta state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa Total votes cast were 1,968 while 7 votes were declared void by the chairman.
"The successful conduct of hitch-free and transparent gubernatorial primaries in Ekiti state on Tuesday is a effect of the party's re-branding and repositioning project that has proved to be on course", he said.
Taking a jibe at the APC, which had its primary disrupted last Saturday, the PDP flag bearer said: "In our party, we don't kick ballot boxes".
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, shortly after returning his expression of interest and nomination forms, Olusola, the state's deputy governor, expressed optimism that there would be no violence during the exercise.
The PDP had also restated its resolve to be transparent and to ensure an all-inclusive playing ground for all aspirants in all the processes leading to the governorship primary.
Ekweremadu also called on the people of Ekiti State to continue to support the PDP.
"They should join hands with the party to win the ultimate, which is the July 14 election".
"It is only when people want to serve themselves, they coerce citizens to queue behind them through imposition rather than selling themselves or their preferred candidates to the people who should have the ultimate power to elect or not to elect anyone as their leader in a democracy".
The others, according to him, are former federal lawmakers, speakers, serving and former members of National Executive Committee, who are still members of the party and former governors. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, does not emerge victorious.
Nevertheless, he said Governor Tanko Al-Makura and other members of the primaries committee would handle the exercise.
Mr Fayose, in his remarks on the primaries, jokingly recommended Mr Okowa to the APC for the conduct of its rescheduled primaries.