Ahead the July 14 gubernatorial elections in Ekiti State, minister of Mines and Steel, Kayode Fayemi has hinted that he will resign from the cabinet soon.
Fayemi gave the hint to State House correspondents on Wednesday after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential Villa, alongside, Nassarawa State governor, Tanko Al- Makura.
Fayemi, who is the flagbearer of the All Progressive Congress in the election admitted that there is still a lot of work to do to achieve victory in the election.
He said “There is still a lot of work to do. The constitution again is very clear, what the constitution says in Section 182 is that I must leave the cabinet at least 30 days before the general election.
“Well, I am the candidate of our party and I am also the minister if the federal republic at least for the next one week. So, for the next one week, I am the minister of mines and steel.
On comments by Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose that he will defeat him again, he said “Well, as far as I am aware, Fayose is not on this ballot. We will deal with the candidate on this ballot and the track record that we have in Ekiti is what that will sell us.
He also clarified on his recent apology to the people of the state saying it was the right thing to go.
He explained “You should understand the contest of the apology, don’t just take the apology on its own. What I said was that clearly, they were people in Ekiti even though they were minority, who were not happy with some of the policies and programmes of our government whilst we were in office and to such people, I render an apology.
“But, for me the rescue mission in Ekiti is a job that has to be done. What do you want? You want continuity of lack of salary, continuity of poverty, continuity of want, continuity of directionlessness or so you want to return to a past of buoyancy, human development, accountability and transparency in government. That is the clear dividing line and people can see that.”
Dismissing the probe panel reports about him, Fayemi described the panel as a Kangaroo tribunal saying only a court of competent jurisdiction that can convict anyone, any Nigerian for any malfeasance.
He added “You cannot sit in your house, cook up a probe panel, a kangaroo tribunal and you say you have indicated someone and that person is guilty and should be ban from public office. That is just a joke but then the man we are taking about is an ‘Alawada’ like we say in Yorubaland, so that is not surprising.
On his part, Governor Al- Makura who was the chairman of the APC primaries committee expressed optimism that the party will win the Ekiti gubernatorial election.
According to him, “APC is very ready if what I saw in Ekiti is anything to go by. I think we can consider this election as a forgone conclusion, given the support, the solidarity shown by other aspirants after the declaration, gave us an inkling that is going to be supported by all the aspirants.
“If you look at the quality, the comportment, the maturity of the delegates who have unanimously voted Fayemi, you will know that out there, the caliber of people they control are also people that represent the interest of Ekiti State. Should the election hold today, I can assure you that with what we have seen, we are comfortable that Fayemi will emerge the governor of Ekiti State,” he stated.