- The minister of mines and steel development, Kayode Fayemi, said he would soon resign his appointment in a week
- Fayemi noted the constitution says he must leave the cabinet at least 30 days before the general election
- He, however, declared that there is still a lot of work for him to do as a minister
The minister of mines and steel development, Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday, May 16, said he would resign his appointment in a week.
Fayemi made this statement at the Presidential Villa, Abuja some days after he won the Ekiti state governorship primary election, Punch reports.
He said there is a lot of work to do and he and his co-contestants are seeing the coming election as a collective rescue mission.
On Fayose saying his emergence was a walk in the park for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as he will be roundly defeated, Fayemi said, “Well, as far as I am aware, Fayose is not on this ballot. We will deal with the candidate on this ballot and the track record that we have in Ekiti is what that will sell us.”
“What I said was that clearly, they were people in Ekiti even though they were minority, who were not happy with some of the policies and programmes of our government whilst we were in office and to such people, I render an apology. But, for me the rescue mission in Ekiti is a job that has to be done.
“What do you want? You want continuity of lack of salary, continuity of poverty, continuity of want, continuity of directionlessness or you want to return to a past of buoyancy, human development, accountability and transparency in government. That is the clear dividing line and people can see that.
“As to the probe panel that you mentioned, well, I don’t want to dwell on the probe panel. But, the law the land of is clear, it is only a court of competent jurisdiction that can convict anyone, any Nigerian for any malfeasance.
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“You cannot seat in your house, cook up a probe panel, a kangaroo tribunal and you say you have indicated someone and that person is guilty and should be ban from public office.
“That is just a joke but then the man we are taking about is an Alawada like we say in Yorubaland, so that is not surprising.”
“There is still a lot of work to do. The constitution again is very clear, what the constitution says in Section 182 is that I must leave the cabinet at least 30 days before the general election.
I can leave the cabinet at least 30 days before the general election - Fayemi
“Well, I am the candidate of our party and I am also the minister of the federal republic at least for the next one week. So, for the next one week, I am the minister of mines and steel.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the former governor defeated other contestants in the poll with a total of 941 votes, out of the 2337 votes by the delegates, which put him a ahead of other aspirants.
Fayemi defeated 31 other aspirants including ex- governor Segun Oni who secured 481 votes, to clinch the party's ticket.
The aspirants who came closest to Fayemi are Kayode Ojo 281 votes, Olufemi Richard Bamisile 179 votes, Oluyede Oluwole 121 votes and Aluko Daniel Olugbenga 86 votes.
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