Fresh Trouble looms In APC, As Buhari’s Top Minister Embarrasses And Disrespects Bola Tinubu, Others, In Public, Ahead Of Rescheduled Election

By Amako Nneji May 9, 2018 12:03

Fresh Trouble looms In APC, As Buhari’s Top Minister Embarrasses And Disrespects Bola Tinubu, Others, In Public, Ahead Of Rescheduled Election

Another crisis is said to be brewing in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Mines and Steel, walked out of a meeting being chaired by Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the APC, and some party Leaders, held with the Governorship aspirants of the APC in Ekiti State, on Tuesday.

The meeting took place at the Lagos State Government House, in Asokoro, Abuja.

Some of the party Leaders in attendance were: Bisi Akande, pioneer Chairman of the party; Segun Osoba, former Ogun State Governor; Niyi Adebayo, former Ekiti State Governor; and Pius Akinyelure, Zonal Vice Chairman of the APC in the South-West.

After discussing for about two hours, they agreed on a break.

The Minister, who walked out of the room ahead of other aspirants and party Leaders, ignored Reporters who approached him.

He entered his car and his Driver sped off.

However, Akande who spoke with Journalists, stressed that the outcome of the meeting would be presented to the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.

Asked if there was a discussion on a consensus candidate, he maintained that it is not an option.

“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.

“We took a decision on what will be the best advantage to our party and the country. The consensus is already written in our constitution and it is an option”, Akande said.

When asked if the aspirants agreed on a consensus candidate, Akande stated that they were asked to think about it and report back to the Leaders.

Asked to comment on the cancellation of Saturday’s primary, Akande revealed that he was not part of the process, but said he would be part of avoiding the repeat of the incident.

When the meeting reconvened around 7:30pm, other aspirants were there, but Fayemi and Ayo Arise, a former Senator, were not seen.

Tanko Al-Makura, the Governor of Nasarawa State, and Chairman of the Election Committee, joined the second part of the meeting.

After the botched primary, Fayemi accused Babafemi Ojudu, a Presidential Aide, and Bimbo Adaramola, a former Member of the House of Representatives, of conspiring to thwart the exercise, which he claimed was in his favour.

Delegates from four Local Government Areas, had concluded voting, when the exercise was disrupted. Fayemi alleged that he was leading in the votes cast.

The APC leadership has however, fixed May 11, for a fresh primary election.

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