Nationwide Ekiti guber: Fayemi denies walking out on South-West APC leaders, congratulates Eleka
The minister of mines and steel development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday explained that he took permission before leaving the meeting some leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the South-West had with the party’s Ekiti governorship aspirants.
The APC leaders at the meeting which held in Abuja on Tuesday were a national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu; pioneer chairman of the party, Bisi Akande; Segun Osoba, former Ogun state governor; Niyi Adebayo, former Ekiti state governor; and Pius Akinyelure; zonal vice chairman of the APC in the south-west.
Fayemi, one of the 33 aspirants seeking the APC ticket in Ekiti, left when the meeting was on break and he did not return when the party leaders reconvened for the second part. He also refused to speak with reporters who approached him.
Reacting to claims that he stormed out of the meeting, the minister, in a statement issued by his media aide, Yinka Oyebode, said there was no basis for him to storm out of the meeting which was called by the leaders to proffer way forward for the party, in the face of the rescheduled Ekiti governorship primary.
Fayemi disclosed that he did not return after excusing himself because he had another engagement.
“It is thus worrisome reading reports of purported ‘walk out’ on our leaders when nothing like that actually took place,” the statement read.
Recall that violence marred the primary election of the party on Saturday.
In a statement he issued after the the botched primary, Fayemi accused Babafemi Ojudu, a presidential aide, and Bimbo Adaramola, a former member of the house of representatives, of conspiring to thwart the exercise.
Meanwhile, the APC has fixed July 11 for a fresh primary.
In another statement from his Media Office, Fayemi congratulated Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof Olusola Eleka, for his emergence as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s flag bearer for the July 14, governorship election in the state.
Eleka on Tuesday emerged winner of the PDP governorship primary held in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. He polled 1,191 votes to defeat PDP’s former national spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who garnered 770 votes from the primaries.
Fayemi, who is a former governor of Ekiti state, said the emergence of Eleka in an orderly and peaceful primary is a welcome development.
He however said the APC would give the PDP flag bearer a good fight for the Oke Ayoba Government House come July 14th, insisting that the APC still remains the preferred choice for the generality of Ekiti people.
The Minister, according to a statement by his special adviser on media, Yinka Oyebode, expressed confidence that whoever emerges as APC flag bearer in the party’s rescheduled primary on Friday, would be more acceptable to the Ekiti electorate.