Fayemi Denies Walking Out Of APC Leaders' Meeting

"We implore well-meaning members of the society and members of our great party to disregard the misleading reports", the statement said.

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, one of those seeking for the ticket of All Progressives Congress to contest in the Ekiti State gubernatorial election has denied reports that he walked out of the meeting between leaders of the party and some of the aspirants convened in Abuja on Tuesday.

The party has fixed Friday, May 11, for the governorship primary election in the state, as they are expected to present a flagbearer ahead of the May 14 deadline slated by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Addressing newsmen after the closed door meeting, which lasted three hours, Chief Akande, said the resolution of the closed door meeting with all the aspirants will be communicated to the party.

"As opposed to the Delegates System, the Aspirants believe Direct Primary election is more transparent, less monetised and energises the democratic system through the participation and involvement of the generality of the party members".

This is even as the party has announced Friday as the new date for the conclusion of the botched exercise.

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The state secretariat of the APC came under siege yesterday as party members under the aegis of Concerned APC Stakeholders protested what they described as the open bias of the members of the State Working Committee.

Akande said: "We took a decision on what will be the best advantage to our party and the country".

A source privy to the meeting had earlier informed that the meeting, which was scheduled for 2:00 pm, was shifted to 4:00 pm because some of those expected for the meeting were held up at the Akure Airport. This led to speculations that he had stormed out of the meeting.

But in a statement issued by his media aide, Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi said he took permission before leaving as he had another important meting to attend.

Some of the aspirants led by former Gov. Segun Oni on Monday met at a location in Ado Ekiti and rejected the position of the NWC that the committee which conducted the primary should return and complete the exercise.

  • Carlos Nash