The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who is among those seeking to fly APC’s flag in the Ekiti governorship election, has condemned the disruption of the party’s primary election in Ado Ekiti by thugs believed to be working for some aspirants in the race.
The Minister, in a statement issued on Saturday evening by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Yinka Oyebode, stated that the party does not deserve the type of ridicule which the shameful act of the hoodlums had subjected it to.
DAILY POST had reported that the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship primaries in Ekiti state was on Saturday stalemated with exercise suspended indefinitely over violence that erupted on alleged fraud being perpetrated by a particular aspirant.
In his reaction, Fayemi described the disruption of the primary election as the height of desperation on the part of some aspirants, “who having seen defeat staring them in the face, conspired together to ensure that the exercise was not concluded”.
He alleged that the aspirants resorted to violence and destruction, having realised that he was already in a clear lead in the five local governments that had cast their votes.
The Minister, who said he was not surprised by the disruption of the exercise, revealed that the security agencies had a few days to the primaries, been notified of plans by some aspirants to deploy hoodlums to disrupt the voting exercise.
He noted that the security agencies took note of the information and promised to beef up security at the venue.
Fayemi said, “It is quite painful seeing some desperate elements trying so much to rubbish the party we all laboured to build to national reckoning, out of share lust for power.
“If the quest for political position is to serve, then one wonders why the desperation being displayed by the likes of Femi Ojudu and Bimbo Daramola.
“Certainly the conduct of these desperate aspirants falls short of the minimum standards expected of anyone that professes progressive ideals.
We urge our teeming supporters and loyal party members not to be discouraged by this despicable act. This surely shall pass, and better days are ahead. Our collective rescue mission has indeed begun.”