Monday, 23 April 2018

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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