Former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, who emerged the winner in the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary, has dedicated his victory to the people of the state. Fayemi, who is the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, polled a total of 941 votes, to defeat former Governor Segun Oni and 31 other aspirants. In his acceptance speech at the venue of the exercise in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, he also dedicated the victory to his co-contesters as well as all members of the party.
He said: “Today, the people have spoken, and their voice has been heard resoundingly. What we have witnessed today, is one of the essential elements in the electoral cycle in any democracy. “Indeed it has been a heartfelt contest and I am extremely humbled that delegates counted me worthy of the honour of bearing the banner of our great party. “This victory is not mine alone, it belongs to all my co-contestants, it belongs to all the members of our great party, it belongs to Ekiti people who desire a greater tomorrow”. Speaking further, he thanked the Chairman of the Primary Election Committee, Tanko Al-Makura, for restoring the “credibility” of the party by ensuring the exercise was free and fair especially after the previous exercise had been marred by violence.
“The free, fair and transparent process we have witnessed today, is a testament to our great party’s democratic credentials that guarantees a level playing field for everyone aspiring to a high office. “This is a feat we must all be proud of and we cannot thank enough, the Al-makura committee for really giving our party credibility with such an excellent exercise they conducted,” Fayemi stated.