Senior leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, including Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the party, and Bisi Akande, a former interim APC National Chairman, have reiterated their support for Kayode Fayemi, the party’s candidate in the July 14 Ekiti governorship elections.
Both leaders, alongside Segun Osoba, a former governor of Ogun state; Niyi Adebayo, a former governor of Ekiti state and Pius Akinyelure, declared their support for Fayemi in an advertorial published in the Nigerian Tribune on Friday.
The public backing comes after Segun Oni, a former governorship aspirant and former Ekiti state, purportedly filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Fayemi candidacy’s as he was still the Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals at the time of the party primaries.
This is also in addition to allegations made by the defunct Oni campaign organisation that Fayemi’s campaign team has marginalised them from the coordinated APC campaign.
But in the advertorial, the APC leaders said they “solidly remain behind” the candidacy of Fayemi.
According to the leaders, the support for Fayemi as the APC candidate has been existent after he won the party’s primaries, knowing that he had fulfilled all criteria to contest the election.
The statement partly read, “We have stood behind Kayode Fayemi’s candidacy since he won the governorship primaries and when we all gathered in Ekiti for the Mega Rally on June 19, it was an emphatic declaration of support for his candidacy.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we the undersigned leaders remain solidly behind the candidacy of Kayode Fayemi knowing fully well he has fulfilled all necessary requirements for the election as the candidate of our party.”
The party leaders expressed shock and displeasure over reports in the media crediting Oni as the instigator of a lawsuit challenging Fayemi’s candidacy.
They, therefore, urged Oni to publicly dissociate himself with the lawsuit and asked the sponsors of the case to withdraw it from the court.
According to the statement, “We have been consistent in our position working to ensure the victory for the APC candidate, we are therefore surprised to find out through media channels about plans to challenge Kayode Fayemi’s candidacy on spurious grounds.
“Furthermore, it is worrisome that a court action against Kayode Fayemi and our party is alleged by media reports to be instituted by Chief Segun Oni, which from our investigations is being sponsored by unknown persons.
“We therefore demand that the sponsors of the court action withdraw their case immediately if they are within our party and not agents of the PDP. We also request that Segun Oni should also come out publicly to disassociate himself from and condemn the case and play an active role in the APC campaign.”