Fayemi gets leave of absence to contest Ekiti APC gov primary
The Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has secured the permission of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the Ekiti State governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, The PUNCH has learnt.
Already, it was gathered that the former governor of the state had been granted leave of absence to enable him to campaign for the primary scheduled for May 5.
Fayemi, who had an open declaration for his bid in Ekiti on Saturday, is currently in London on the invitation of the President, to attend the CHOGM meeting with Buhari.
A source close to the former minister said that he decided to apply for leave of absence in order to fulfil some of the conditions for the primary.
The source said, “The minister knows that some of his political enemies could be lurking around the corner, waiting to exploit his stay in office to go to court if he wins the party’s primary.
“he didn’t want to take chances at all. It may interest you to know that he had written, submitted and got the approval of his boss before embarking on the project. his resignation had been approved about two weeks ago.”
however, our correspondent learnt that the President had vowed to remain neutral and would not back any of the candidates.
In a brief interview with our correspondent on the telephone, Fayemi confirmed that he had been granted leave of absence.
“Yes, that’s true. I’m on leave of absence. What we are doing now in Ekiti State is prophetic. We seek the support of every citizen of the Fountain of Knowledge to actualise it,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the APC, Mr. Segun Oni, has faulted the claim of the Chairman Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, that the 2015 general elections were rigged by the APC.