The son of the late Nigerian politician, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola or MKO Abiola as he’s well known has just won the presidential ticket for the upcoming 2023 elections.
Kola Abiola, the first child of the late politician won the presidential primaries under the Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP). He competed against Usman Bugaje, Patience Key and Gboluga Mosugu. He polled 2,097 votes from across the country, Bugaje came in second with just 813 votes. won with 2000 votes, over 1000 votes better than the next candidate.
The collation was reportedly witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). According to the national chairman of the PRP, Falalu Bello, delegates from all 36 states and the FCT voted for their preferred aspirants from their respective states.
“We want to make the whole process nearer to the delegates. The delegates are in the states. So that is why we decided that the primary election will take place in the 36 states and the FCT,” he said.
“Definitely, having it in the states, rather than bringing them here, is more convenient for them. We set up 37 committees headed by the nominees from the national executive committee in the states along with the state organizing secretaries to conduct this exercise in the states,”
Bello also added that the party decided not to zone its presidential ticket to any of the geo-political zones. However, they decided to look for a candidate who was capable, competent and enjoyed wide acceptability across the country.