After nearly 24 hours of accreditation and voting, the state congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ended Wednesday with the emergence of a legal practitioner and one time Chief Whip of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Iyiola Oyedepo as chairman.
He said Wednesday soon after the votes were announced that his election marked the beginning of new thing to happen in Kwara and pledged that he would not disappoint all his supporters and the party in particular.
The process for the election began at about 6.00am on Tuesday with accreditation of delegates at the Michael Imoludu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS), Ilorin which lasted till late in the evening. Thereafter voting began at the second venue; Mariam Event Centre and lasted till the wee hours of Wednesday before the Returning Officer, former National Chairman of the party, Chief Bernabas Gemade came out to announce the outcome at about 10.30am.
Security was tight at the two venues of the election. The state police command had deployed about 3000 officers and men to watch over proceedings in an attempt to avoid possible clash as was witnessed in the first ward congress of the party last week. Gemade was supported in the exercise by Mrs. Rita Ezeani, Chief Mike Ahubuche and Nasiru Faruk from the PDP National Headquarters, Abuja.
In the keenly contested election, Oyedepo scored a total of 375 votes to defeat his closest rival Chief Bode Ojomu who scored 255 votes while a third contestant, Alhaji Mariam Alhasan, scored 19 votes.