A former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Adegboyega Dosumu has emerged as the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate to slug it out with Governorship Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) in April 16 elections.
Dosumu, who has a doctoral degree in public administration, clinched the party ticket in a 7-man contest with a total vote of 431, representing 49 percent of 872 delegates.
The delegate list largely featured members of the party’s Board of Trustees, national and zonal officers, state executive council members, local council executive members, and ward delegates.
Other gubernatorial aspirants in the 7-man contest included Tokunbo Kamson, Babatunde Gbadamosi, Owolabo Salis, Demola Seriki, Femi Pedro, and Qudus Folami.
Compared with the primaries of the state Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the PDP primaries was successfully conducted under largely peaceful ambience owed much to the 4-man National Electoral Committee led by Tunde Morakinyo. Other members of committee are: Charles Menegbo, Godwin Chukwudi, and Emeka Nwodo.
At the Billing Way venue of the primaries, Morakinyo demonstrated that the committee’s leaders would rather supervise a credible and safe congress than a timely one.
He had earlier cancelled the congress from holding in an open field where the party leadership chose, citing insecurity of delegates. He refused to bow to pressures from delegates who were eager to see the process completed in order to return to their homes.
Accreditation of delegates almost took the whole day as voting did not commence until 7.30pm. Voting ended by 10.30pm and counting lasted into the early hours of today.
Other aspirants polled the following votes: Qudus Folami – 8; Tokunbo Kamson – 182; Babatunde Gbadamosi – 5; Owolabi Salis – 14; Demola Seriki – 120; Femi Pedro – 104.
The aspirants who lost out congratulated Dosumu and assured him of their support to ensure PDP wins Lagos State into its fold.
The state chairman of the party, Setonji Kosheodo, said there could not be any acrimonious feelings amongst the aspirants because the party has imbibed the spirit of Brotherhood in them.
Source: The Will