Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has denied news articles which reportedly stated that he rejected the move by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to produce consensus candidates for the party ahead of its convention.
Dr Fayemi at a policy dialogue organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja on Thursday, was quoted as rejecting the consensus arrangement President Mohammed Buhari reached with the Governors ahead of the party’s convention.
But a statement by his chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode titled ‘Re: FAYEMI REJECTS CONSENSUS CANDIDATE’ described the news as a misrepresentation of the views of Governor Fayemi.
According to Oyebode, “ It must be stated, however, that Governor Fayemi’s presentation at the event was about democracy in West Africa and democratic reversal in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso and not about his party convention.
For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Fayemi in response to a question from the audience accusing the President of imposing a Chairman on the party at the forthcoming convention, stated that the President’s priority was the unity of the party and he didn’t know about the President endorsing any candidate for Chairman.
But that if indeed the President has expressed such a view, the President that he knows is a democrat and those who do not share the view may of course contest.
Governor Fayemi is well known as a leader not given to frivolous and distracting talk.” the statement concluded.