Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State, says it is not yet uhuru for Kayode Fayemi, current Minister for Solid Minerals Development, to roll out his drums in celebration of his victory in the All Progressives Congress governorship primary.
Fayemi, who was former Governor of Ekiti State, was declared winner of the APC governorship primary election held on Saturday. He defeted Segun Oni, also a former Governor of the state, and 31 other contestants to clinch the governorship ticket.
But Fayose said it is too early for him to celebrate as he stands no chance of winning the election which has been scheduled to hold on July 14.
“In 2014 when he was the sitting governor and I was not in power, I trounced him mercilessly. I gave him 16 – 0, defeating him in all the local governments, including in his hometown. He did not win a single local government,” Fayose said in a statement issued on Sunady by Idowu Adelusi, his Chief Press Secretary.
“Now, I have been in power for more than three years and have served the people of Ekiti well. My legacy projects are there to speak for me, and for my party the PDP, as well as for our candidate in the July 14 governorship election, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka.
“Fayemi will suffer the worst defeat of his political career. After the July 14 election, he will go into political oblivion.
“He has nothing to celebrate because of the electoral disaster awaiting him. The manner of his so-called victory also leaves much to be desired as it has turned many of their party leaders and followers against him.
“Fayemi’s victory has made the condition of APC worse in Ekiti. The party leaders and members know that Fayemi has no use for any of them beyond the July 14 election.”
Saturday’s Ekiti APC governorship primary election was a repeat of the initial exercise which held a week earlier but was marred by violence.
Fayose’s party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held its primary on May 8, with Kolapo Eleka, current deputy emerging as the party’s flagbearer.