Kola Abiola defeats Bugaje to pick PRP’s presidential ticket


By Ismail Auwal

Kola, the son of late Moshood Abiola, has defeated a former House of Representatives member, Dr. Usman Bugaje, to win the Peoples Redemption Party’s presidential ticket (PRP).

Kola also defeated Patience Key and Col. Mosugu Erosimi (rtd) to claim victory.

Abiola received 1,970 votes in total to win the primaries, while Bugaje received 787 votes and Key and Erosimi received 333 and 280 votes, respectively. The votes of ten delegates were declared invalid.

Kola earlier said that he believed in internal party democracy, noting that a transparent party primaries was preferable to any consensus arrangement.

“Whoever wins, we will all come together and work for the party and not somebody calling for consensus where someone will step down for another.

“Let’s go and have a competitive environment, it will be transparent and we will uphold internal democracy and be able to have proper democracy,” he had insisted.

The total votes were arrived at after delegates from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) cast their ballot, with Abiola winning in about 27 of the states.

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