The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his counterpart in Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, were on Saturday endorsed as the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress in the two states in the forthcoming elections.
The emergence of the Fayemi and Aregbesola was preceded by congresses held before the governors who had no contestants were endorsed as the flag bearers of their states in the governorship elections.
The Nasir el-Rufai-led committee supervised the primary election in Osun State where Aregbesola was endorsed.
While giving the governor the certificate of return, he said 269,631 members of the party voted Aregbesola for a second term out 355,390 members who registered in 332 wards across the state.
Aregbesola got the APC governorship ticket a week after Senator Iyiola Omisore won the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State.
With this development, Aregbesola will contest against the governorship candidates of other political parties in the election, which will hold on August 9.
Reacting to the statement credited to the national Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu, that winning Osun from the APC was a difficult task but very possible, Aregbesola said:
"It is difficult and impossible for the PDP to win Osun."
The governor said his administration would not relent in carrying out the responsibilities he was voted for while adding that progress would continue throughout his second term if elected.
He urged the people of the state to continue to support the APC, saying the opposition parties had nothing good for them.
The interim chairman of the APC in Osun State, Mr. Adelowo Adebiyi, said the endorsement of Aregbesola was as a result of the unprecedented performance in running the affairs of the state.
The incumbent governor of Ekiti State will also face former Governor Ayo Fayose of the PDP and the candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, among other contestants in the June 21 governorship poll coming up in state.