A former Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Tourism in Lagos State, Philip Aivoji, has been elected the new chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Mr Aivoji was elected at a state congress held on Sunday in Lagos.
In a keenly contested congress, Mr Aivoji polled 839 votes to defeat his closest contender, Amos Fawole, who polled 816 votes.
Announcing the results on Monday, Governor Douye Diri, the Chairman, Electoral Committee for the Lagos State Congress of PDP and governor of Bayelsa, said the committee was fair and transparent in the conduct of the congress.
“After the transparent and open electoral process of the Lagos State PDP State Congress, I hereby announce the following results.
“In the chairmanship contest, we had six candidates.
“As Chairman of this committee, I hereby declare, Aivoji Philip Olabode as the Chairman-Elect of the Lagos State chapter of the Lagos PDP,” Diri said.
He said that Adetokunbo Pearse scored zero vote; King Okuneye got 56 votes; Niyi Adams polled 29 votes, while Abiodun Adebiyi scored zero vote.
Mr Douye added: “I will like to use this opportunity to appreciate members of the PDP, Lagos State Chapter. The PDP is one and the same, this is a family election.
“I believe there is no winner; the winner is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“And so, everybody should work in a way and in a manner to ensure that the PDP remain united as a family.
“Even those who had the ambition to lead the party but lost should support the winners to ensure that come 2023 the PDP will take over Lagos State.”
In his acceptance speech, Mr Aivoji, who said that he considered the call for service as a privilege, promised to work with leaders of PDP to reposition the party in the state in order to win elections.
Hakeem Amode, the newly elected Publicity Secretary of the party, commended the party leaders for giving the state a free and fair congress, which he described as first of its kinds in the party.
Mr Amode, who noted that the outcome of the congress was a new beginning for Lagos PDP, said that the new executives were looking forward to the challenges the victory would bring.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the party’s congress produced the newly elected state executives.
They are Benedict Tai (Deputy Chairman), Soji Orioye (Secretary), Hakeem Amodu (Publicity Secretary), and Idowu Akinsanya (Women Leader), among others.
The rescheduled congress was held following the aborted congress held on October 16, 2021.
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