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  • APC warns, on the Alleged plan to impose fayemi through subterfuge at the primary
  • A group, under the aegis of Concerned
    All Progressives Congress (APC)
    members, has called on the party top
    hierarchy to disqualify former governor
    and minister of Mines and Steel
    Development, Kayode Fayemi, over
    alleged indictment by the state
    government and refusal to resign as a
    minister.
    The group threatened that the party
    would implode if the allegation that the
    minister has bought the Chief John
    Odigie-Oyegun –led National Working
    Committee over to spare him despite not
    resigning and being indicted for alleged
    financial misappropriation by the state’s
    judicial panel, was proven to be true.
    The group also warned the governor of
    Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu against
    alleged meddling in the internal affairs of
    APC in Ekiti, saying the party was ready
    to resist all his alleged plot to impose
    Fayemi through subterfuge at the primary.
    Fayemi and 29 others have already picked
    nomination forms to contest the May 5
    gubernatorial primary of the APC in Ekiti
    State.
    Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, the
    group’s Coordinator, Dr. Ife Olu-
    Olubusuyi, said: “we are concerned and
    we advised that the APC headquarters
    must adhere strictly to its own rules and
    disqualifies whoever has not met the
    minimum conditions for governorship as
    indicated by the constitution and
    guidelines.
    “It is by doing this that we can have a
    credible candidate and proceeds to win
    the general election. Prior to his formal
    declaration on April 14, the minister had
    been boasting and spreading news that
    presidency and NWC had picked him and
    will impose him as the candidate of the
    APC.
    “Even after our National Chairman, Chief
    Oyegun visited Ekiti and denied any such
    plan of imposition and promised a free,
    fair and credible primary, the minister and
    his men continued to inform and spread
    news of his impending imposition by the
    presidency and powers that be,
    spearheaded by Ondo State governor. We
    are also aware of the guidelines of the
    APC for qualification as an aspirant for
    governorship and there was a specific
    question as to whether someone has been
    indicted at home or abroad by a judicial
    panel or awaiting any criminal court
    charges. We are also conscious of the
    specification regarding 30 days minimum
    condition for resignation from office before
    any election, which Fayemi has not met,”
    the group added.
    Meanwhile, Fayemi had while declaring in
    Ado Ekiti recently said his detractors were
    only chasing shadows by relying on a
    “frivolous” indictment by the Justice Silas
    Oyewole judicial panel set up by Governor
    Ayodele Fayose.
    Insisting that he was not rattled by the
    indictment and recommendation that he
    should not hold political positions for 10
    years, Fayemi described the panel’s white
    paper as not worth more than a “tissue
    paper”.
    He said the Supreme court had
    adjudicated over several matters of
    similar nature and held that only the
    court of law can bar anyone from
    contesting election, saying “they said
    Governor Fayose has indicted me in his
    white paper. This is just a mere tissue
    paper. But I have a red card for him in
    July 14 election”, he stated.

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