A former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has won the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in the state. He polled 941 to defeat other aspirants including a former governor of the state, Segun Oni, in the primary conducted under a tight security. The minister of mines and steel development won the primary despite stiff opposition from some of the aspirants, who campaigned vigorously against him. Other results as declared by the committee are, Adesua Oladiran (04), Adeyanju Bodunde (03), Ajayi Adebowale Oluranti (01), Yinka Akerele (11), Kola Alabi (14), Aloba Adebisi (07), Gbenga Aluko (86), Ayo Arise (02), and Opeyemi Bamidele (08).
They also included Femi Bamisile, (179), Bimbo Daramola (28), Oladipupo Ogunkoya (01) and Adekunle Esan with no vote, Bamidele Faparusi (23) and Sesan Fatoba (43). Fayemi in an interview with one of our correspondents said he owed the victory to God, his fellow aspirants, the APC and the people of Ekiti who he wanted to serve. He said, “The confidence repose in me by delegates who are exco members of our party is truly humbling. I owe the gratitude to them. We have a challenge, we must rescue Ekiti State.” At the rescheduled APC governorship primary on Saturday, tight security was put in place to forestall a repeat of the ugly incident that marred the exercise when it was first held a week ago.
There were fears of disruption of the primary by thugs, with the time given by the Independent National Electoral Commission to all political parties to submit their governorship candidates remaining a few days. Such disruption could have resulted in the APC’s possible inability to present a candidate.