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Ekiti: Fayose hinges political ambition on Fayemi’s appeal

By Gbenga Ariyibi
The former governor of Ekiti State and a leader of Labour Party, LP, in the state, Mr Ayo Fayose has said his next political ambition would be determined by the judgement of the Court of Appeal on the governorship election petition appeal instituted by the Action Congress, AC, governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

The Justice Hamma Barka-led tribunal had about two weeks ago dismissed Fayemi’s petition and affirmed the election of Engr Segun Oni as the duly elected governor of the state, but Fayemi who denounced the judgement had signified his intention to appeal the judgement

Speaking in Ado Ekiti during a  rally where about 500 aspirants vying for various political position within the party had converged on Wednesday, Fayose however, refused to disclose the actual office he intends to contest for.

“There is still an appeal, it is not over until it is over, I will contest in 2011, but l don’t know which office I intend to vie for”, Fayose said and urged the aspirants to come out and feel free to show their interests, assuring that the party would not impose candidates.”

Fayose who used the forum to assure the AC candidate, Dr Fayemi of his support, urged him to remain focused and forge ahead in his determination to retrieve his mandate from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The former governor also thanked the national leadership of the party for standing by the party in the state.

On the statement credited to one of the leaders of the party that LP would not field any candidate for the 2011 presidential election, Fayose said it was premature at this point to conclude that the party would not field any candidate. He noted that if it was true that the party would not field a presidential candidate during the 2011 election, then there would be a realignment of political forces to work as a team

Speaking earlier at the occasion, the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Dr Joseph Akinlaja assured members and aspirants of the party of a level playing ground for all the aspirants

Akinlaja who was speaking for the national chairman of the party, Mr  Dan Nwayanwu commended the former governor, Mr Fayose for his leadership quality in the state, saying he was not surprised, since he believed Fayose was a grassroot politician

Also speaking, the state chairman of the party, Chief Gabriel Falaye assured that the mobilisation drive embarked upon by the party would be a continuous exercise


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