Council leader Jim Gifford has successfully seen off a leadership challenge from local North Kincardine Conservative Councillor Colin Pike.
The challenge came on Saturday during the Aberdeenshire Conservative Group annual general meeting.
News of the controversy broke on the BBC Scotland website on Thursday and continued gather steam.
Mearns Matters understands that Cllr Gifford, who represents Mid Formartine, won the vote by a substantial majority with sources closes to Cllr Gifford saying: “there was a clear majority of support for Jim in the room”
The leadership challenge comes at a time when there is a debate within the council, on all sides, about the best way to ensure that Aberdeenshire Council has the office space required to provide working space for employees.
Plans include building a new purpose-built headquarters in Inverurie, the decision on where the Council will move will be taken on Thursday.
During the AGM, Mearns Matters understands that Councillor Withey of Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford was elected deputy group leader. Councillor Kille of Fraserburgh and District was elected as group chair.