- Ayodele Fayose on Tuesday, July 3, alleged that the APC begged him to support its candidate
- He said the ruling party appealed to him to trade away the ticket of his own party's candidate in support for Kayode Fayemi for July 14 governorship election
- According to the governor, he bluntly told the APC off
The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he was pressurised by the All progressives Congress (APC) to support its candidate, Kayode Fayemi on his governorship ambition.
Fayose said the APC begged him to support Fayemi against his party's flag bearer, Kola Oluwola, Premium Times reports.
Speaking during a state TV programme on Tuesday, July 3, Fayose said the APC approached him for negotiations on the Ekiti governorship election candidacy.
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He said: “They (APC) approached me to negotiate with them and trade away the ticket of Olusola to pave the way for the victory of Fayemi. They cited examples of leaders who had done that before and wished I do the same.
"But I bluntly told them that I will never do that. If others are doing it, I am not like them. I have integrity. I am set for another defeat of Fayemi and the APC. After Ekiti, we shall move to higher level in Abuja.
“They said I am stubborn, I told them I am stubborn because I am a man with principles. Ekiti people know where I stand. I will not betray Ekiti people who love me and my party."
However, in its reaction, the APC described the governors allegation as an attempt to deceive voters and gain cheap publicity. The publicity secretary of APC in the state, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said there was no iota of truth in Fayose's allegation.
Olatunbosun said the PDP in Ekiti state and Fayose had been rejected by the people.
“Fayose is a rejected product and no one would want to have a rejected product in his shop. So it is not true that anyone in the APC approached him. Why should anyone approach him? Is it to come and add more problems to the APC?
“Ekiti people have rejected the continuity agenda of Mr Fayose and his stooge and we will not allow him to impose his stooge on us," Olatunbosun said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Fayose had cautioned the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC) and its officials against rigging the July 14 Ekiti election.
Fayose said he stands for a free and fair election in the state. He also said himself and all the people of Ekiti state would resist any attempt by any individual or group to rig the election.
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