Dr. Fayemi and over 40 aspirants jostle for the gold in Ekiti government house
Earlier this month, we reported Dr. Fayemi’s intent for Ekiti governorship ticket under APC platform and that came to reality last week as he formally joined the crowd running to contest in the next gubernatorial election.
Before Fayemi made his intention known, the Guardian reported that no fewer than 40 aspirants had been criss-crossing the 177 wards in the state to seek support of party members for the primary, slated for May 5, this year.
Though observes are of the opinion that not all the aspirants are serious to remain in the race till the primary, as the pretenders among them may not eventually pick nomination forms. But, be that as it may, Ekiti APC primary will be one of the fiercest in the history of party primaries in Nigeria, because of the strength of many aspirants vying for the ticket.
Dr. Fayemi will be contesting the party ticket with former Governor Segun Oni, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Ayo Arise and Hon. Femi Bamishile.
Other aspirants that are capable of springing surprises are Senator Gbenga Aluko, the Director General of Fayemi campaign Organisation in the last election Hon. Bimbo Daramola, Hon. Bamidele Faparusi, Wole Oluyede, Yinka Akerele, an Afenifere chieftain and former Majority Leader in Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, a member of Ekiti Elders Forum, Dr. Adebayo Orire, Kayode Ojo, Kola Alabi, Dr. Makanjuola Owolabi, Olajide Akinyemi Jnr, Engr. Muyiwa Olumilua and Sunday Adebomi.
So far, Arise, who represented Ekiti North in the Senate between 2007 and 2011, as well as Bamisile, have picked nomination forms to clinch APC ticket.
The next few weeks will be tough as the party prepares for May 5 primary election.