- A chieftain of the PDP in Ekiti state, Dare Bejide, says Fayose has the right to support the candidacy of anyone
- He states that the process of getting the flag bearer in the PDP is clearly spelt-out
- Governor Fayose disagrees with the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, over the approval of $1 billion to fight Boko Haram
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti state, Dare Bejide, has faulted Governor Ayo Fayose for nominating his deputy governor, Kolapo Olusola, to succeed him as governor of Ekiti state.
Bejide speaking in an interview with the Nation published on Wednesday, December 20, stated that Fayose has the right to support the candidacy of anyone, but noted that the process of getting the flag bearer in the PDP is clearly spelt out.
He said: “It is through an election that will be conducted at a particular time by delegates from all the wards and until that is done, we are yet to get a flag bearer.
"The governor has the right to support anybody but we also have the right to accept or reject the person so nominated. Until Prof Eleka (Olusola) became the deputy governor, we didn’t know him in this state; we didn’t know him, in fact he was not a registered party member until he became the deputy governor. As a matter of fact, he had no voter’s card in Ekiti State before he became the deputy governor. For somebody now to say that he would succeed him is not only ridiculous but also immoral; I am ready to challenge him because the party is our party.
"The nominator and the nominee met me in this party, I mean the governor and his deputy, they all met me in this party and nobody can hijack our party. All the leaders of the party have resolved that we are going into primary election and I am ready."
Meanwhile, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti reportedly disagreed with the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, over the approval of $1 billion to fight Boko Haram.
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Legit.ng had reported that the sum of $1 billion was approved by the governors forum in order to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
The money was approved from the excess crude oil account during a Federal Executive Council meeting headed by vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Premium Times reports that during the Nigerian Governors Forum meeting which took place at the old banquet hall of the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, December 19, Governor Fayose claimed governors never discussed the approval of the fund.
Governor Yari however insisted that it was a collective agreement after the governors had discussed it.
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