Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate for the June 21 Ekiti State gubernatorial election, announced on Tuesday that the name of his running mate earlier submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission has been substituted.
Before the substitution, the name of Pa Joshua Ojo, an 80-year-old retired teacher was submitted to INEC as Fayose’s running mate.
The substitution was announced by the Director-General of the Campaign Organisation, Dipo Anisulowo, who disclosed in Ado Ekiti that the name of Dr. Olubunmi Olusola, who is in his 50s, has been forwarded to INEC as a replacement for Ojo.
“The name of Pa Joshua Ojo, earlier submitted to the electoral body was done to beat the April 28 deadline earlier set by INEC. The actual name of our deputy was kept close to our chest as a political strategy since INEC timetable for the poll allowed for substitution of candidate or their deputies.
The choice of Olusola was arrived at in order to give the people of the Southern part of the state a sense of belonging in the political calculation.”
Olusola, who hails from Ikere Ekiti is an Associate Professor with the Obafemi Awolowo University.
INEC has given parties up to May 13 to substitute names of either candidates or their running mates