By Ayodeji Alabi
Mr Taye Adeuti has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) for the Nov. 26 gubernatorial election in Ondo State.
Adeuti emerged on Saturday following unanimous voice votes after the second aspirant, Barrister Gbenga Ojo, withdrew his candidacy.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 63-year-old Adeuti, a native of Idanre Local Government Area, is a Masters degree holder in Business Administration.
In his acceptance speech, Adeuti thanked the party members and the chairman of congress committee, for finding him worthy to carry the flag of the party in the forthcoming election.
“I will do my best, we all want to work for the development of our state, and am very happy to lead this famous party; our target is to win the election of Nov. 26.
“Ondo is an enlightened State with well educated people, so the development of this state is my major programme; like it or not, this state must develop,” he said.
The state chairman of LP, Arch Wale Gbakinro, said the primary election was conducted in line with the article 28, sub-section 3 of the party’s constitution and also with the INEC guidelines and directives.
He implored Adeuti to carry everybody along to enable the party achieve its goal.
Comrade Ladi Iliya, chairperson of the primary electoral committee, urged the candidate to always include women and youths in his programmes as they formed the major part of the electorates.
Iliya who also the Deputy National Chairman of the party, said the doors were wide open for defected members who want to return.
Also speaking, Barr Gbenga Ojo, said his decision to withdraw his candidacy was based on past experiences.
“I withdrew my candidacy after wide consultation within the party leadership and I also realised that since its only two of us, it will be good if I step down for my co-aspirant in the interest of peace,” he said.