Kola Abiola, the eldest son of the late Chief MKO Abiola has defeated other aspirants to emerge as the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP).
Naija News understands Kola Abiola polled a total of 2,097 votes from across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to emerge as the winner.
Other aspirants who took part in the PRP primaries are Usman Bugaje, Patience Key and Col. Gboluga Mosugu (rtd).
According to the results obtained by Naija News, Bugaje came second with 813 votes, Key had 329 votes while Mosugu had 263 votes.
For the primaries, a total of 3,625 delegates were accredited with 3,519 valid votes and 141 invalid votes. INEC monitored the collation of the results.
Speaking before the collation of the results, PRP National Chairman, Falalu Bello, said the delegates from the 36 states and the FCT voted for the aspirants from their respective states.
He disclosed that the method was adopted with the permission of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to save cost.
“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,” he said.