The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has elected a former Commissioner for Information in the state, Gboyega Oguntuase, as the new chairman of the party in the state. At a congress held in Adetiloye Hall at Fountain Hotels in Ado Ekiti,13 others were also elected as members of the state working committee of the party. Oguntuase scored 554 votes while to defeat his opponent, his Mr Victor Mebuseye, who garnered a total of 34 votes.
Other officers elected at the congress were Olu Adebayo, who emerged as the deputy chairman; Pastor Tope Adejorin, secretary; Anthony Falade, treasurer; Yemisi Afolabi, Women Leader; Rotimi Adekola, Youth leader, Ayò Oladimeji, organising secretary; and Mr. Jackson Adebayo who returned unopposed as the publicity secretary of the party. The congress attended by Senators Biodun Olujimi and Duro Faseyi, lawmakers and members of the state House of Assembly, was witnessed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as security agencies. Among others, Chief Henry Ikoh, Mr. Diran Odeyemi and Ayò Aluko-Olokun were among the delegation from the national secretariat of the party which organised the election. The INEC spokesperson in Ekiti State, Alhaji Taiwo Gbadegesin, commended the conduct of the delegates and said after the congress that the report of the exercise would be presented to the commission as the constitutionally prescribed umpire of the congress.
Also speaking on the congress, Chief Ikoh described the conduct of the delegates as “commendable and worthy of emulation” and explained that “the congress was devoid of any rancour as the delegates elected the candidates of their choice.” In his remarks, Odeyemi said thanked the delegates “for making the job of our committee easier through their peaceful conduct and the orderly election through which the delegates emerged.”
The newly elected members of Ekiti State PDP State Exco