I did not storm out of meeting with Tinubu - Fayemi

Nigeria: Ekiti - Tinubu, Akande Root for APC Consensus Candidate

The meeting, which came in the aftermath of Saturday's primary election that ended in a fiasco, was held last night at the Lagos State Lodge in Abuja.

In a letter addressed to Al-Makura dated May 9 a copy of which was made available to our reporter on Wednesday, said the use of direct primary was against the principle of fairness and justice to change the rules in the middle of the game.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters known as Ekiti APC Stakeholders, Mr Adeoyo Aribasoye, said they were relying on the constitution of the party, which he said permitted them to do away with the executive, adding that Mr Kayode Egunjobi had been appointed as chairman of the caretaker committee.

Though it was not clear why he did that, it was however believed that the issue of a consensus candidate canvassed during the meeting did not favour the former Ekiti State governor, leading to his walking out of the meeting.

The protesters, who claimed to be sympathetic to the aspiration of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, had besieged the secretariat on the Ajilosun- Ikere road where they announced the removal of the state executives led by Chief Jide Awe.

He said, "Primary election is already written in our constitution but all we want is the happiness of the generality of the leadership, the contestants and our party in general".

Police on Monday, May 7, reportedly sealed theAll Progressives Congresssecretariat in Ekiti State following the crisis that stemmed from the party's governorship primaries on Saturday, May 5.


The letter was also copied to the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the National Working Committee (NWC).

On whether the meeting took a position on consensus, he said, "We take a decision on what will be of the best advantage to our party and the country".

In response to a question whether a consensus candidate was to be expected, he said, "I can not tell you that..."

As contained in the statement, Fayemi spokesperson said, "The Minister, however, said he could not make the second part of the meeting when it reconvened later in the evening, having earlier taken permission from the leaders to attend another meeting".

This fueled speculations that he walked out of the meeting.



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