Indications have emerged that Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi will soon declare his intention to contest the July 24, Ekiti state governorship election.
Fayemi who was the governor of the state between 2010-2014 in an interview with newsmen at his Isan Ekiti country home yesterday hinted that his formal notification of intention to the APC leadership would be followed by a public declaration rally at a date yet to be announced.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain said his formal declaration at the state party secretariat will be held at the appropriate time as he does not want to disregard the directives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He premised his decision to vie for the seat again on what he described as the pangs of poverty, frustrations and misery of Ekiti people and not just his personal ambition.
Fayemi had earlier on Saturday evening met with members, ward, local government and state executives of the All Progressives Congress (APC) cautioned members and aspirants against campaign of calumny.
He enjoined them to shun acts of discord and work towards a common goal to wrest power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in July.
The minister also issued a red card to the party amidst cheers from the mammoth crowd of party supporters that graced the meeting.
“Whoever we are supporting, let them tell us their manifestoes and what they intend to do for the people to the public and not to bring down other aspirants. Election can’t be won on social media. Let us mobilize our people to come out and vote for APC. What we must not do is to denigrate any aspirant because he is not our preferred candidate. Party is owned by both members and aspirants and not the other way round.
“We must follow and adhere to INEC rules and regulation and constitution of the party. The electioneering according to INEC will start April 14, exactly three months to the election.”
Clearing the air on his intention to run, he said, “do you need a rocket scientist to tell you that I am running? I was very clear that l am a process person. I am not going to jump the gun because there are rules and guidelines for electioneering.
“The body responsible for that has stated the obvious, when you can actually start the campaigns. The fact that people are flouting the guidelines is the fault of INEC that it is not taking them up on it. That is my own attitude to this.