Mr. Fela Durotoye was on Saturday elected as the Presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria for the 2019 election.
Durotoye polled 240 votes to defeat Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim who got seven votes.
Speaking at the occasion, the National Chairman of the party, Mr. Emmanuel Dania, said the party was poised to achieve great things for the country.
He said, “Our DNA is about making a difference. We are here to speak for Nigerians, ensure they get what they deserve.
“We want to see that the common man has the right to be happy. It is important Nigerians know new kind of politics.
Speaking on the withdrawal of Olawepo-Hashim from the race, he said the party will reach out to all aggrieved members.
“Olawepo-Hashim is a formidable individual, very supportive to the party. I find it unfortunate he pulled out of the race.
Durotoye told journalists that ANN has a great message for Nigerians.
“A message for a new Nigeria. Nigerians are looking for new values that will produce a new Nigeria,” he said.
Earlier, Olawepo-Hashim had withdrawn from the election at the Nicon Luxury, Abuja, following a decision by his loyalists in the National Executive Committee of the party to postpone the Presidential primary to Wednesday next week.
Olawepo-Hashim group at a press conference in Abuja on Saturday said that the guidelines for the National Convention of the party must first be ratified by the NEC before the convention could hold.
He said some desperate elements in ANN were working for the ruling All Progressives Congress.
But he refused to give the names of those he said were working with the ruling party to destroy the ANN.
Courtesy: ONLINE NIGERIA