- Senator Ayo Arise said he doesn’t think it is necessary for him to inform President Buhari of his intention to govern Ekiti
- He stated that going to the president will create the impression that he is asking for special privileges
- According to him, he is advocating a very free and fair election
An aspirant for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket in Ekiti state ahead of the July 14 governorship elections, Senator Ayo Arise, has said President Muhammadu Buhari and national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, are the contending camps in the party primary slated for May 5.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Arise who made the statement when he spoke with selected newsmen in Abuja, said he doesn’t think that it was necessary for him to inform President Buhari that he wanted to be governor of Ekiti.
He said going to the president will create the impression that he was asking the for special privileges, adding that Buhari will prefer a free and fair primary.
“I have been a victim of such leverage before when I ran in December 2006 for the primary. So, what I don’t what to be done to me, I don’t want it to be done to other people. So, I am advocating a very free and fair election,” Arise said.
Meanwhile, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, declared on Monday, March 19, that the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti is a ‘must-win’ for his party as he visited the state.
Oyegun, who was in the state on membership drive, reportedly addressed leaders and members of the party in the state at an interactive forum emphasizing that the party would deploy every available resource to win the election which holds on July 14.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Oyegun told the members that the delegates’ list for the party primaries was ready.
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