He contested against the former Minister of state for Works, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye. He polled 1,190 to defeat Adeyeye who polled 771.
The primary was conducted by a six man Committee led by the Delta State governor, Senator Patrick Okowa,A total number of 1,968 were accredited for the poll, while the same number also voted, while seven votes were voided.
The delegates accredited include members of the state executives, who were 28; former national and state lawmakers 38; local government chairmen and vice chairmen 32; Ado LG 124; Ekiti West 110; Ise Orun 115; Ikere 117; Irepodun/Ifelodun 99; Ado 128 and Ikole 128.
Others are Emure 109; Moba 120; Ekiti S’West 116. Efon 105; Gbonyin 109; Ilejemeje 108; Ekiti East 131; Oye 126; Ijero 123 while the last local government, Ido-Osi 113, had delegates.
The two aspirants and Governor Ayodele Fayose were the last to cast their votes at 5. 07pm when voting ended.
Before the counting of votes, the two aspirants had expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise and promised to cooperate with whoever emerges as the candidate of the party to ensure the victory of the PDP in the July 14 election.
The Eagle Hall venue of the voting exercise was condoned off by heavily armed security men drawn from the Police, the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS), Civil Defence Corps and the vigilance security outfit.