Ekiti 2018: APC youths reject Fayemi, Adeyeye as candidates; insist Guber candidate must come from South
Youths in the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ekiti State, under the aegis of Ekiti APC Youths Congress (EAYC) have described reports that Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi has tipped the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Dayo Adeyeye, as his running mate if he emerges as the APC governorship candidate in the 2018 election as unacceptable to the generality of youths in the party.
The EAYC said in a press statement issued after its monthly meeting in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday that the governorship candidate of the APC must come from the Southern senatorial district of the State, and not the North where Fayemi hails from.
According to the statement jointly signed by Mr Tope Ogunkuade and Comrade Tunji Adeleye, EAYC Convener and Secretary respectively, the APC was in need of quality people in the Southern Senatorial district to fly its flag in the 2018 election and if not that Adeyeye is already above 60 years, the youths will rather have him as the APC governorship candidate and not running mate to Fayemi.
They said Adeyeye was even playing the role of opposition in the media to the Ayo Fayose-led PDP government better than those parading themselves as governorship aspirants in the APC, and as such, if not for his age, he is better qualified to be APC candidate.
The youths said they remained resolute in their opposition to the governorship aspiration of Segun Oni, Dr Fayemi, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and others from the North and Central senatorial districts, maintaining that it was the turn of the South to produce the governor of the State.
The EAYC said; “Fayemi has been governor before and his failure as a governor led to our party’s scandalous defeat in 2014 and 2015. The fact that he was compensated with ministerial appointment as a reward for the N1.5 billion he allegedly donated to President Buhari’s campaign cannot be a license for him (Fayemi) to see the governorship ticket of the APC as his property.
“Also, Segun Oni has been governor before. He is now 63 year old; he should go home and rest.”
The APC youths noted that since the PDP has picked its candidate from the South, APC must also pick its candidate from the same zone.