- Governor Fayose has promised to vacate Ekiti state on the day fixed for governorship primaries of PDP
- Fayose said he would leave the state if his presence would make others uncomfortable
Governor Ayodele Fayose has promised to stay away from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries of Ekiti state slated for May 8, so as to avoid making other contestants uncomfortable or intimidated by his presence.
Fayose, who is supporting his deputy, Kolapo Olusola, said he doesn't have to be present at the primaries for his preferred candidate to emerge winner, Tribune reports.
The governor, who made this statement on Wednesday while welcoming the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, former Senate president, David Mark, said he might decide to vacate Ekiti state on the day.
He said: “If other aspirants are not comfortable with my presence on the day of the primary, I am ready to vacate the state if that will usher the needed peace.
“What I know however is that with God almighty behind me, I will still come back to receive certificate of victory from my people.”
Secondus while addressing those present assured them that the election will be free and fair.
He said: "I assure you once again, there will be transparency and the process would not cheat anybody. I urge you to join the leaders to work together to ensure free and fair transparent primaries, eminent Nigerian are conducting the primaries.
“We urge you to remain calm. We also urge INEC and security agents not to be partial but come to defend democracy. Doing that the best if our people will serve the people the best. From here we are moving to other parts of the country for sensitisation.”
Also speaking Senator Mark, who was the chairman of the reconciliation committee, said: “First is that I have been working on bringing peace to Ekiti by reconciling all parties and that has been done very well. I thank you supporters for the peace and agreement to work together.
“Secondly is to assure you that the process leading to the final election of whoever will become PDP candidate in Ekiti for the July poll will be free fair and credible. If we are insisting that INEC must be fair, it means we will have to do so ourselves at the party level. Nobody will write delegates’ names. Everyone will vote for the candidate of his choice.
“We will ensure this and all stakeholders will ensure it. We want to show the world what internal democracy is. Internal democracy will ensure that you all fight for your preferred candidates and we will ensure that.”
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Governor Fayose came under attack from the national secretary of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, over the local government primary elections in his state.
Adeyeye accused Fayose of attempting to derail the LG election in his state by introducing rules and restrictions that do not exist in the Nigerian constitution.
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