11 May, 2018
With lingering disagreements in his party, and with reports spreading that he may be on the losing end, the Nigerian Minister of Mines and Steel Development and Governorship Aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof Olusola Eleka, for his emergence as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s flag bearer for the July 14, governorship election in the state.
Sahara Reporters reports that the aspirants rejected moves by the party leaders for a consensus candidate among the 33 of them.
The letter was also copied to the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the National Working Committee (NWC).
The meeting was held behind closed doors at the Lagos State Government Lodge Annex in Abuja on Tuesday night. May 11 has been announced as the new date for the primary.
The meeting, which lasted for over three hours, was broken into two sessions.
"Brandishing placards of various inscriptions, such as "We Have Lost Confidence in Jide Awe", "Jide Awe in Shady Business With Fayose", "No To Consensus Candidate", "Jide Awe and His Gang Masterminded Primary Disruption", "Treacherous Aspirants, Leave Our Party For Us", Primary Must Be Decided, Allow Delegates to Decide", among others.More news: May 12: Mark Your Calendar to Stamp out Hunger in Branford
He said, "We (leaders) were asked to go and meet and come up with a decision..."
On whether the aspirants agreed to step down for one of them, he said "that option is given to them, but it requires them going back, think about it and inform us".
In response to a question whether a consensus candidate was to be expected, he said, "I can not tell you that..."
Awe said his exco also met with the Chairman of the Ekiti Governorship Primary Electoral Committee, Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State on the modalities for the conduct of a fresh primary.
This fueled speculations that he walked out of the meeting.
As contained in the statement, Fayemi spokesperson said, "The Minister, however, said he could not make the second part of the meeting when it reconvened later in the evening, having earlier taken permission from the leaders to attend another meeting".