Mr. Kola Abiola has emerged as the Peoples’ Redemption Party’s presidential candidate for 2023. (PRP).
To win the PRP ticket, he defeated Usman Bugaje, Patience Key, and Col. Gboluga Mosugu (rtd).
Abiola is the first child of late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, who was declared the winner of the annulled presidential election on June 12, 1993.
Abiola received 2,097 votes from 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with Bugaje coming in second with 813 votes, and Key and Mosugu coming in third and fourth, respectively, with 329 and 263 votes.
There were 3,625 delegates in all, with 3,519 legitimate votes and 141 invalid votes cast.
Officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were present as the ballots were counted.
Falalu Bello, the PRP National Chairman, said the delegates from the 36 states and the FCT voted for the aspirants from their respective states before the results were tallied.
This, he said, was done with INEC’s authorization to save money.
“We want to make the whole process nearer to the delegates. The delegates are in the states. So that is why we decided that the primary election will take place in the 36 states and the FCT.
“Definitely, having it in the states, rather than bringing them here, is more convenient for them.
“We set up 37 committees headed by the nominees from the national executive committee in the states along with the state organising secretaries to conduct this exercise in the states,” Bello said.
The aspirants had also agreed to back whoever the party’s candidate was, according to Bello.
He went on to say that the party decided not to zone its presidential ticket to any of the country’s six geopolitical zones, instead opting for a candidate who was capable, competent, and popular across the board.