Monday, October 8, 2018 6:22 pm
Adejoke Adeleye, Abekuta
A former Commissioner for Information in Ogun State and a governorship aspirant under the platform of Social Democratic Party, Mr Sina Kawonise has dumped the party to pick the governorship ticket of YES Electorates Solidarity Party, (YES Party)
Kawonise was elected in Abeokuta on Sunday through an election that was witnessed by INEC officials.
Also, the candidates for the three Senatorial districts, six House of Representative and 24 candidates for House of Assembly were also elected at the governorship primaries.
It was gathered that all the 34 candidates left SDP with Kawonise to pick the tickets of YES.
Prominent among those elected for Senate and House of Representatives are Alhaja Basirat Sonekan-Umaru, Mr Muyiwa Onabanjo, Pastor Segun Ogunnaike.
In an unprecedented move, YES Party gave three out of the 26 available House of Assembly seats to non-indigenes and one to a physically-challenged person.
Kawonise explained that the four seats were reserved for those special categories of Ogun residents to give them a sense of belonging and opportunity to participate in governance at the highest level in the state.
It would be recalled that SDP had conducted its governorship primary last Thursday which Otunba Rotimi Paseda emerged has the party flagbearer .
Meanwhile It was alleged that the primary was fraught with fraud and violence, leading to the exit of two out of the three aspirants that contested the election.
In his acceptance speech, Kawonise promised to run an issues-driven campaign that’ll provide Ogun electorates the real alternative they have been yearning for.
YES Party has as its presidential candidate, Comrade Alistair Soyode, the Chairman of Ben TV, London.