THE Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has formally announced his intention to contest the Ekiti governorship race and said he had not formally before now because it was illegal to do so.
Dr Fayemi, who is the erstwhile governor of Ekiti State, told newsmen in his Isan-Ekiti community after a meeting with party faithful that he was determined to ensure that his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) returned to power in the state come October 2018.
He cleared the air on all the speculations that had surrounded his ambition to reclaim Ekiti governorship, saying he hadn’t come out to openly announce it because he was “a process person.”
Fayemi said: “Do you need a rocket scientist to tell you that I am running? I was very clear that l am a process person. I am not going to jump the gun because there are rules and guidelines for electioneering.
“The body responsible for that has stated the obvious when you can actually start the campaigns. The fact that people are flouting the guidelines is the fault of INEC that it is not taking them up on it. That is my own attitude to this.
“This is purely a party matter, it is not a public matter yet. So, I don’t really understand the level of curiosity that is being generated on whether I am running or not. I have been very clear that what we have in this state today is not what the state deserves.
I have also been very clear that whatever it takes, constitutionally, legally and legitimately to put our party in office in October 2018, we will do as a party.
But l have also gone ahead to say that this meeting is our usual gathering, not the one to declare my intention to run. But as to whether I am running or not, yes I am running, that is not debatable.
You would all know when and will all be invited when I finally decided to formally declare within the ambit of the guidelines issued by INEC.”
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