A former governor of Ekiti Ayo Fayose on Tuesday named chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state Bisi Kolawole as his preferred choice for the 2022 governorship election in the state.
Mr Kolawole, a former state legislator for Efon constituency, was formally presented by Mr Fayose to his supporters in all the 177 wards in the state.
The occasion was attended by some party chieftains including a former member of House of Representatives from Ogun, Ladi Adebutu; a former PDP south-west zonal chairman, Eddy Olafeso; PDP chairman in Ogun, Sikirukahi Ogundele; and Kayode Alufa among others.
Speaking at the occasion, Fayose described Kolawole as a bridge builder who would usher in a better future for Ekiti and the party.
He commended two former federal lawmakers Ayodeji Oladimeji and Segun Adekola for stepping down for Kolawole to allow peace to reign, saying “this is a mark of respect for my leadership.”
“The man you have come to honour, Bisi Kolawole, is our collective project. I made him my preferred candidate in the overall interest of our party, but this does not foreclose due process of nomination in PDP,” he added.
“We are not going to attack anybody on social media. We are not going to do that, and even if you are doing that without your voter cards, you are just wasting your time; just go and get your voter cards.”
Fayose, however, said that whoever wins the primary among the aspirants would have his support.
Kolawole, in his remarks, said: “I am going to make sure we have free and fair primary. I won’t take advantage of my position. I am going to become the candidate through popular votes.”