Former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has emerged winner of the rescheduled governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State.
Fayemi, polled a total of 941 votes, to defeat former Governor Segun Oni and 30 other aspirants. With this development, he is set to stake a claim to regain the governorship position he lost to Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014.
Saturday’s governorship primary which was held amid tight security brought to closure the “drama” that has trailed this exercise since the initial attempt to conduct the exercise on May 5 failed with accusations and counter-accusations which nearly marred the integrity of the APC National committee headed by Chief John Oyegun.
The primary was keenly contested with 33 aspirants but reduced to 32 when one of the top contender, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, withdrew from the race described the party’s primary as “an unfair contest in which the national leadership wanted to force an unpopular aspirant on the people.”
With his victory, Fayemi will be going up against the incumbent Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Mr. Kolapo Olusola, of the Peoples Democratic Party, and Mr. Akinloye Oladele Aiyegbusi of the Social Democratic Party. Mr. Olusola has since been endorsed by Governor Ayodele Fayose who denied Fayemi a second term as governor in 2014.
Here at Polityfact, Fayemi may have won the APC ticket of the party, we believe the real hero is Senator Babafemi Ojudu who has won the hearts of the people of Ekiti. Even after pulling out of the race earlier in the week, he still got 10 votes. His words “We do not believe in engaging in an unfair contest and I am not ready to step on blood to get to power. As I have reiterated at different times in the course of the campaign, this was never about me.
“Therefore, thus injustice perpetrated against Ekiti people by NWC Chairman cannot be allowed to stand. This is why the fight will continue, not as an aspirant but as a party reformer.”