Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Mr. Olusola Oke and Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, on Saturday, emerged as the governorship candidates of their parties for the October 20 election in the state.
The Action Congress of Nigeria, the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party held their primaries simultaneously in three venues in Akure amidst tight security.
A former governor of the state, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, led delegates from across the state to elect Oke, who was a former national legal adviser of the PDP, while Mr. Saka Lawal emerged as his running mate.
Oke, who contested with nine other aspirants, pledged to utilise his vast experience in politics to deliver the state for the party.
The LP also elected Mimiko as its candidate, while Mr. Ali Olanusi, was picked as his running mate for the election.
This followed the decision of an aspirant, Mr. Francis Ogunjumelo, to step down for Mimiko.
Members of the ACN in the state ratified the decision of their national leaders by electing Akeredolu as its candidate, but did not name his running mate.
The three primaries were conducted by the national leadership of the parties, while representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies, monitored the process.
Akeredolu in his acceptance speech, pledged to embark on aggressive campaign in all the 203 wards across the state with a view to winning the election.
Mimiko, on his part, said the LP primaries had portrayed the party as one made up of progressives.
Meanwhile, Mimiko has ruled out discrimination against the latest defectors to the state’s Labour Party.
Over 10, 000 leaders and members of the ACN and the PDP in Idanre Local Government Area, in the state, had on Friday defected to the party.
The defectors cited the reign of deceit, lack of focus in their former parties and the overwhelming performance of Mimiko in lifting the state from its former backward position to become the cynosure of eyes across the country as the reason for their defection.
During on the occasion, the governor had described the state as a sophisticated spot on the Nigerian political landscape.
He said, “It is obvious that the people will not succumb to manipulation of their wishes at the poll through any method alien to norms in true democracy. They know that the only route to better life is one man, one vote. Never again shall we witness ballot box snatching, thuggery, illegal ballot thumb printing and all other acts of electoral fraud in this state.”