Kola Abiola, son of Bashorun MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections, has emerged as the winner of the presidential primary of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)
Kola polled sixty three votes to defeat three other aspirants. His rival, Patience Ndidi scored 3 votes, Usman Mohamed got one vote. The total number of accredited votes was 78, while 3 were voided.
Chairman of the primary election and screening committee, Ayim Temple declared Kola the winner of the primary election, held at Teachers’ Training College in Calabar.
“By the power conferred on me by the National Working Committee of PRP, I hereby declare Kola Abiola having scored the highest number of votes as the flag bearer of our party”, he said.
Meanwhile, The former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Usani Uguru Usani has emerged the Party’s governorship candidate in Cross River State.
Usani, a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who recently defected to PRP, was returned unopposed by the chairman of the election, Ayim Temple.
Temple said: “according to the party constitution, in a situation where only one person has been screened, and cleared, you shall adopt such as a consensus candidate through affirmation”.
In his remarks, the PRP Governorship candidate, Usani Uguru Usani said the burden of the nomination is heavy, but, he accept it in good faith.
He thanked the delegates for their sacrifices, saying “this sacrifice has been enormous, we do not take it for granted”
Usani said “Those who may come to you and say this party is not on ground, say to them that it is people that make the party. When we started the APC , they said the same thing but today they are fighting to join the party we brought to Cross River State.”