A former deputy national publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Murtala Ajaka, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the forthcoming November 11 governorship election in Kogi State.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Ajaka had announced his resignation in a letter dated May 17 and addressed to the national chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu.
In a statement on Monday, the state secretary of the SDP, Arome Okeme, disclosed that Mr Ajaka had replaced Ibrahim Jibril after a rerun primary was conducted on May 20.
Mr Okeme said: “The primary election was witnessed by the electoral umpire, security operatives, and gentlemen of the press in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.
“After votes were cast and the result announced, where out of the over 600 delegates present, over 95% cast their votes in favour of Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka.
“Barrister Joseph Achille Abu, the National Organizing Secretary, who doubles as the Electoral Committee Chairman, announced the result to the jubilation and excitement of party members, stakeholders and well-wishers alike,” the statement read.
“With this development, Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, having satisfied all the requirements by the party and electoral body, is poised to be heralded and hoisted as the party’s duly elected candidate by INEC in the coming days or weeks.
“It is safe to say that kogites are about to witness a new dawn of leadership that is purposeful, calculative, coordinated, passionate and result-oriented,” the statement added.