Minister of Mines and Steel Development, and a governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressive Party (APC) in Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has described the victory of Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka in the last People’s Democratic Party PDP governorship primary, as a welcome development.
He congratulated, Eleka, who is the Ekiti State Deputy Governor, on his emergence as the PDP flag bearer for the July 14, governorship election in the state.
Fayemi, a frontline Governorship Aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), also denied media reports that he walked out of a meeting of the party’s South West leaders with Ekiti State governorship aspirants in Abuja on Tuesday.
Prof Eleka on Tuesday emerged winner of the PDP governorship primary held in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
This was contained in a statement by the former governor’s Media Office, made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday.
He, however, said the APC would give the PDP flag bearer a good fight for the Oke Ayoba Government House come July 14th, adding, however, that the APC still remains the preferred choice for the generality of Ekiti people.
The Minister said he is confident that whoever emerges as APC flag bearer in the party’s rescheduled primary on Friday, would be more acceptable to the Ekiti electorate.
Fayemi in a separate statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media Mr Yinka Oyebode said that contrary to misleading media reports and social media posts purporting that he walked out of the meeting, he only left the venue, like other attendees, at the end of the meeting.
He said there was no basis for him to walk out of the meeting which was called by the leaders to proffer a way forward for the party, in the face of the rescheduled Ekiti governorship primary.
The Minister, however said he could not make the second session of the meeting when it reconvened later in the evening, having earlier taken permission from the leaders to attend another meeting.
“It is thus worrisome and highly embarrassing reading reports of purported ‘walk out’ on our leaders when nothing like that actually took place.
“We implore well-meaning members of the society and members of our great party to disregard the misleading reports.” The statement added.