A source in Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s camp has reportedly revealed plans by the Minister of Mines and Steel Developments to seek President Muhammadu Buhari’s permission to step down and contest in the July 14, 2018, governorship election of Ekiti State.
The source, who spoke to ThisDay, said Fayemi intends to become the next governor of the state after the expiration of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s tenure.
Recall that the minister had lost the same seat to Fayose when he contested the position in 2014.
As of now, aspirants in the All Progressives Congress (APC) who intend to run for the governorship seat 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.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced April 15, 2018 as the commencement date for governorship campaigns in the state.