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AD Gubernatorial Primaries (Posted 10th January, 2003) Tell your friends about this page! Email it to them.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor of Lagos`sStateAs all Political parties prepare to meet the deadline for the submission of list of candidates by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on or before 11th January 2003, the Alliance for Democracy (AD) held primaries for its governorship aspirants in some of their controlled states. In Lagos State, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the incumbent Governor of the State was returned unopposed as his 2 opponents were disqualified on the grounds of alleged irregularities in their nomination forms. The duo are: Chief David Sunbo Onitiri and Sir Olatunde Olowu who were also accused of not being card carrying members of the party.

Tinubu won with 304 votes from 17 local councils excluding 3 councils which are: Surulere, Ikorodu and Oshodi/Isolo who were absent due to alleged logistic reasons. Tinubu in his victory speech said he had hoped for competition but it is unfortunate that his opponent were disqualified. He then presented, Dr. Femi Pedro, a banker of repute and the Managing Director, First Atlantic Bank Plc. as his deputy. This move was necessitated because of the recent resignation of his estranged and erstwhile deputy Governor Senator (Mrs.) Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele. While commenting about his new role as deputy to the Governor, Pedro was glad to be in the winning team and believes they will be unbeatable come April 19 at the polls.

In Ondo State, all the 312 delegates unanimously adopted incumbent Governor Adebayo Adefarati at the State AD congress held at the Akure Township Stadium. Adefarati was re-elected based on the zoning policy adopted by the Ondo Chapter of the AD. In his speech to the delegates at the congress, he attributed the second-term opportunity given to him being the result of the good work and leadership skills the Ondo people saw in his administration. He further appealed to his zoned-out opponents to support the party to achieve greater heights and for the youths to shun violence and political thuggery.

Governor Segun Osoba, Ogun State helmsman also carried the day in Abeokuta where he beat 4 other contestant 326 votes to nil out of the 331 total votes with 5 voided. Other aspirants in the race, Mr. Kayode Soyinka, Dr. Olumakinde Sonowo, Professor Sikiru Fadairo and Chief Akinola Soname, accepted the results of the congress with a show of good "sportsmanship" spirit. In his acceptance speech, the Governor thanked his party men and the entire people of the State. He made a promise to surpass his achievements in the State with the help and support of the people.

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