Jimi Agbaje on Friday, October 5, emerged the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State.
The chairman of the election panel, Victor Oyofo, declared him the party’s flag bearer ahead of the governorship election next year.
It was gathered that he polled 1,100 votes to defeat his rival Adedeji Doherty who polled 742 votes in the party’s primary election.
Announcing the results at about 4.40pm, Oyofo said that the party had demonstrated democracy in action with the successful conduct of the primary.
He commended both men for the way they conducted themselves throughout the process, saying that the party was proud of them.
“I Senator Victor Kassim Oyofo, with all humility, announce the results of the PDP primary for the office of governor in Lagos State, which took place yesterday and was concluded this afternoon. “There were two contestants, One Chief Olujimi Agbaje and Chief Adedeji Oluwagbemiga Doherty.
“It was a keenly contested election, very fair. In my view, an example of what democracy should be.
“They fought a good fight, the process was open, everyone expressed their desires and the votes have counted.
“At the end of the exercise, Agbaje had a total score of 1100 votes, and the runner up, Engineer Adedeji Doherty, had a healthy 742 votes.
“By the powers conferred on me by the electoral Act and the Constitution of our party, I wish to announce and declare Mr Jimi Agbaje as winner of this contest,” he said.
Agbaje was the PDP candidate in the 2015 governorship election but lost to incumbent governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
He will face Babajide Sanwo-Olu, candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress.