..I will deliver Ekiti State to PDP, former gov vows
BY HENRY UMORU
ABUJA—AHEAD of June 21 Ekiti State gubernatorial election, National Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP declared yesterday that former governor Ayo Fayose who won last week’s primary election to defeat others, remains the party’s candidate for the election.
In a statement yesterday by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the party said, “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has received the report of the Ekiti State Governorship Primary Electoral Committee.
“After thorough consideration of the report, the NWC approved the result and upheld the nomination of Ayo Fayose as the candidate of the PDP for the June 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.
“The NWC commended the committee for the conduct of a peaceful and transparent exercise and urged all PDP members in the state, including the other aspirants to support the candidate of the party to ensure a successful outing at the guber election.”
13 out of the 14 aspirants contesting for the ticket were clamouring for consensus, while Fayose insisted that there must be primary and he eventually won the primary with a wide margin last Saturday.
Reacting to the party’s position, Fayose, who spoke through his aide, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, appealed to those who lost to put behind them issues before the primary and let them bury the hatchet, just as he urged them to work with him for the success of the party.
He said, “I wish to thank the PDP leadership and Mr. President for providing we the aspirants a level play ground. I thank the party leadership for upholding my nomination. I promised with God helping me, I will deliver Ekiti state to PDP.
“To those who lost, am appealing to them to bury the hatchet and put the primary behind and lets work together for the party to win. The PDP umbrella is very wide and accomodating. I can assure them that nobody will lose and I will not victimise anybody. The interest of the party is far above any personal interest.”
Meanwhile, ahead of Osun State gubernatorial election slated for August 9, a former member of the House of Representatives, Oluwole Oke yesterday submitted his nomination and expression of interest forms to contest for the governorship race, just as he alleged that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has disconnected the people of the state from their resources.