EKITI APC GOV PRIMARY: Why Fayemi walked out of meeting with Tinubu

Calvin Saunders
May 11, 2018

A governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Senator Ayodele Arise on Tuesday said the party will get over the current crisis rocking it and win the July 14 governorship poll in the state.

The battle for the All Progressives Congress' governorship ticket in Ekit State has gone supernatural.

Former National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, said after the meeting that they would advise the party's national leadership on the proposed fresh primary in Ekiti.

The meeting, which started over an hour ago, is holding at the Lagos State Government Lodge Annex, Asokoro, Abuja.

According to a report by The Punch, the meeting has in attendance most of the contestants.

In a letter addressed to Al-Makura dated May 9 a copy of which was made available to our reporter on Wednesday, said the use of direct primary was against the principle of fairness and justice to change the rules in the middle of the game.

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He said the aspirants noted that the "Direct Primaries" would enable every card-carrying member of the party vote for candidate of their choice.

On whether a consensus candidate would be considered for the election, Akande said that may be an option for the aspirants.

A source privy to the meeting had earlier informed that the meeting, which was scheduled for 2:00 pm, was shifted to 4:00 pm because some of those expected for the meeting were held up at the Akure Airport.

Some of the aspirants led by former Gov. Segun Oni on Monday met at a location in Ado Ekiti and rejected the position of the NWC that the committee which conducted the primary should return and complete the exercise.

Arise, who represented Ekiti North at the Senate between 2007-2011 described the May 5, botched governorship primary election as "unfortunate and total embarrassment" adding that the party is conducting investigation and following up on what led to the disruption and would apportion appropriate sanction on those responsible for the fiasco.

One of the aspirants, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, however, left the venue of the meeting before the commencement of the second round.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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