Fayemi to Seek Buhari’s Permission to Contest Ekiti Guber Election

Dr. Kayode Fayemi

Tobi Soniyi in Lagos

Minister of Mines and Steel Developments, Dr Kayode Fayemi plans to seek President Muhammadu Buhari’s permission to contest the Ekiti State governorship election billed for July 14, 2018.

An associate of the minister who confided in our correspondent said that the minister planned to take another shot at the Ekiti State Government House which he lost to Ayo Fayose in 2014.

Going by the timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, campaign for the Ekiti governorship election will open on April 15, 2018.

To join the race, Fayemi will have to resign from his ministerial job.
The All Progressives Congress under which Fayemi will run already has a long list of aspirants hoping to emerge as the party’s flag-bearer for the election.

Among them are former governor of the state, Chief Segun Oni, Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr Babafemi Ojudu, a former commissioner for information in Lagos, Opeyemi Bamidele, a former member of the House of Representatives, Bamidele Faparusi, a retired permanent secretary, Chief Sesan Fatoba, and an Australian based medical doctor, Dr Wole Oluyede.

Others are: Mr kola Alabi, Bimbo Daramola, Mr Ranti Debo Ajayi, Funminiyi Afuye, Mr Muyiwa Coker, Senator Gbenga Aluko, Kayode Ojo, Dr Bayo Orire, Dr Folorunso Akinyele, Prince Kayode Olofinniyi, Mr Diran Adesua, Sunday Adebomi, Dr Makanjuola Owolabi, Mr Folorunso Akinyele and Dr Olu Oluleye.

The incumbent governor, Fayose is also working hard to make sure that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party retains the state.

To the consternation of other aspirants in his party, however, Fayose is positioning his deputy, Kolapo Olusola, to succeed him.

Many observers see the Ekiti State governorship election as an acid test for both the APC and the PDP and expect both parties to do their best to win the state.

  • Milito

    I pity him. He will just crash . If he couldn’t win Fayose as a sitting governor , how does he expect to do that as a minister especially when your rival is the ebullient Fayose…


  • fatraj

    is there any need to consult, well this should be a big task because fayose would not take it lightly at all

  • Olusola Olusina Micheal

    Dr Fayemi should just stay in the FEC to continually provide the needed intellectual insight into govt policies and decision.the Ekiti election needs a rugged and eloquent personlityt who can match Fayose street credibility and propaganda

  • femi

    Fayemi would not face reality!! Some people are deceiving for their selfish and greedy motives. Wa a faily, won a gbo lorun!!! People like Yemi Adaramodu, Oshatoyinbo, etc will be telling you you are the right person for the job. you want to come and accrue more debt for Ekiti state.

  • akindeanthony

    You don’t need to be a governor again ,stay away and continue as a minister, that is where you belong

  • Cheta God

    Fayemi is so sluggish. He could not marry his vision and the actual needs of the people engaging in elitist projects and owing salaries in a civil service state. That’s why he lost to Fayose. He is not cut for this role. Could be an academic if he can work on his voice and tone. Sure, Fayemi is not a politician.