No APC aspirant can beat my record – Ayo Arise

Former National Assembly member, Senator Ayo Arise, has said none of the contenders for the Ekiti State governorship in the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) can beat his record of achievements.

The APC aspirant said the coming on board of former governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, into the governorship race was welcome but not worrisome as it would not affect any permutations.
Arise told journalists in Ado Ekiti on Monday that “We have nothing to fear provided the primary is free, fair and credible, so that our party can be peaceful and united to fight this battle.

On the insinuation that Fayemi’s joining the race may alter the permutations, the former lawmaker added : “I don’t envisage any problem, all of us are eminent Ekiti indigenes.

“We have former governors Fayemi and Segun Oni, senators Babafemi
Ojudu, Gbenga Aluko and myself and Opeyemi Bamidele and others as former member of the House of Representatives in this race. So, I see all of us as being qualified to be governor.

“We have one or two things to show that we have contributed to Ekiti.
However, if you put us on the scale, I don’t see anyone who has the
kind of record I have”, he said.

Arise, however, disagreed with Fayemi’s reason for joining the race late, saying: “The statement that all other aspirants are not law abiding is not good enough. Those of us who have declared are not law breakers. We didn’t break any provision of the Electoral Act”.
Fayemi had said at Isan Ekiti on Saturday that as a law-abiding Nigerian, he would not officially declare his intention to contest until the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lifts ban on campaign.
But Arise said that he quite understood that the Electoral Act 2010 as amended provided that aspirants could only campaign 90 days to election, saying declaration of intent was not an open campaign but mere mobilizing steps by any party member to shore up the party’s popularity
“Fayemi is the leader of the party. We are not unaware of  the
provision of the law. It could have been more dignified if the
Honourable Minister had said he was coming late because of his
status as a serving Minister. It is not good for him to have portrayed
all of us as not law abiding.“However, we welcome him into the race. He is a leader of our great
party and the primary I think  will be interesting. But this is an election we must win and nobody should try to ascribe wisdom to himself. And I will advise him not to use or do anything that would make him look smarter than all of us.

“Politics requires calculation and I want to believe that he (Fayemi)
only tried to conserve money, stay in government and observe the
politics as it played out before declaring, this itself is wisdom.“So, I see those who had declared earlier as mobilisers. My brother,
Dr Fayemi is welcome wholeheartedly, but I am only worried that someone was trying to come out to play smart,” he said.


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