I did not walk out of South West leaders' meeting - Fayemi

I did not walk out of South West leaders' meeting - Fayemi

I did not walk out of South West leaders' meeting - Fayemi

Minister of Mines and Steel, Kayode Fayemi, has denied walking out of a meeting with some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the party's Ekiti governorship aspirants.

"Specifically, the leaders were mandated to discuss with the National Chairman of the party on the possibility of an option of Direct Primaries for the conduct of the rescheduled primaries, as provided for in Article 20 of our party's constitution to enable every card-carrying member of the party vote for an aspirant of his or her choice".

There is uncertainty over the rescheduled All Progressives Congress Governorship primary.

Not less than 22 aspirants signed a petition to the National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, as well as leaders of the party, stating fresh conditions for a repeat of the primaries. "Dr. Fayemi will be contesting on Friday", Oyebode said.

After the first round of talks which lasted for more than two hours, Chief Bisi Akande stepped out of the hall of the meeting closely followed by Tinubu.

"Brandishing placards of various inscriptions, such as "We Have Lost Confidence in Jide Awe", "Jide Awe in Shady Business With Fayose", "No To Consensus Candidate", "Jide Awe and His Gang Masterminded Primary Disruption", "Treacherous Aspirants, Leave Our Party For Us", Primary Must Be Decided, Allow Delegates to Decide", among others.

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This is even as the party has announced Friday as the new date for the conclusion of the botched exercise.

He said, "We (leaders) were asked to go and meet and come up with a decision..."

Soon after, Asiwaju held him by the hand and told reporters, "We are going for (a) caucus (meeting), we will get back to you".

He said "the Ekiti APC executive has moved for a consensus candidate, which is against the constitution of our party".

Fayemi, had left the meeting summoned to find a solution to the debacle of choosing one of the 33 aspirants as APC's candidate for the election scheduled for July following the disruption of a primary organized for the goal at Ado Ekiti last Saturday mid-way.

Some of the aspirants led by former Gov. Segun Oni on Monday met at a location in Ado Ekiti and rejected the position of the NWC that the committee which conducted the primary should return and complete the exercise.

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