Fayemi gets leave of ab­sence to con­test Ek­iti APC gov pri­mary

The Punch - - NEWS - Olu­sola Fabiyi, Abuja

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.

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