Ekiti: Fresh APC primaries hold Friday, Fayemi shuns Tinubu, Akande

The All Progressives Congress has fixed Friday May 11, 2018 for fresh governorship primaries in Ekiti State.

The party had failed to pick a governorship candidate on May 5, 2018 after thugs scattered the ballot boxes containing the votes of delegates in the full glare of policemen, soldiers and civil defence operatives.

Aggrieved party nembers alleged that one of the 33 aspirants and Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, breached some aspects of the exercise.

They accused the former governor of the state of camping delegates in neighbouring states and directing them to vote for him.

They also accused him of flooding the venue of the exercise with security operatives, with a view to intimidating his opponents.

An aspirant and Political Adviser to the President, Babafemi Ojudu, told Galaxy Television that he had prepared a report on the fiasco for his boss, who is currently receiving medical attention in London.

Fayemi had accused Ojuduband a fellow contender, Bimbo Daramola, of sponsoring the thugs that botched the exercise.

The party disqualified all the agents that participated in the last primaries and barred a member of the state executive from the rescheduled exercise even as it said that security agents would be deployed from neighbouring states to monitor the fresh election.

Meanwhile, Fayemi walked out of the Lagos State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja on Tuesday from a meeting with a leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and it’s pioneer national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande

The meeting had held for two hours before its concerts called for a break.

Fayemi swiftly sirabg to his feet and walked out of the house to his car, jumped in and ordered the driver to speed off.

He ignored reporters who sought his comments.

Also at the meeting were the party’s National Vice-Chairman (South-West), Pius Akinyelure; and two former governors of Ogun and Ekiti states, Segun Osoba and Niyi Adebayo respectively.

The meeting resumed at 7.30pm with all the aspirants present except Fayemi and another contender, Ayo Arise.

Akande told journalists that the party might consider adopting a consensus candidate if necessary.

He also said he would be at the fresh primaries on Friday.

 

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