The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State is enmeshed in a crisis over a planned imposition of candidate for the 2022 governorship election by Bisi Fayemi, wife of Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Some party members who spoke to SaharaReporters alleged Mrs Fayemi was backing the aspiration of the Secretary to the State Government, Biodun Oyebanji, against the Governor’s wish.
They warned the First Lady against imposing Oyebanji on the party, adding that her husband was prepared to embrace equity by considering someone in Ekiti-South Senatorial District for the governorship ticket.
“The First Lady may end up losing her respect should she work against attempt by APC to zone the governorship ticket to Ekiti South. All party leaders including the Governor are gradually empathising and embracing zoning with the exception of Mrs Fayemi, who still believed that APC has no zoning in its constitution,” an APC member told SaharaReporters.
“Maybe we should counsel her to have a retrospect of how her husband became the governorship candidate of the Action Congress in 2007; Fayemi clinching the ticket then was accomplished on the strength of zoning and the next political dispensation won't be an exemption for the present agitations for zoning and what was obtainable then are similar.”
Another party member, Victor Omogbemile said, “We learnt from good authority that Governor Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Senator Dayo Adeyeye had silently agreed that the South should produce the next governor.
"The party leadership at the national under Governor Mai Mala Buni, is aware of the fact that the next governor in Ekiti should emerge via zoning modality. Having a reminiscence of what transpired in 2007, the people of the North made agitations on the basis that the two democratically elected governors before then, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Ayodele Fayose were from the Central and they believed that other zones should be given the opportunity.
"Our conclusion is that, it stabs logic on its head for Mrs Fayemi to now be resisting the same system that brought the respect she enjoys.”
Omogbemile who is the convener of Ekiti Youths for Equity alleged that Mrs Fayemi poking her nose into issues of politics had made some party members to believe she was only trying to pay back Oyebanji for being a good boy whose office was being used as a conduit pipe to siphon monies running into millions since 2018.
"Mrs Fayemi must dispel this rumour by allowing the party to pick whoever they deem suitable for the ticket, particularly allowing a candidate from the South to emerge for her to keep her respect and honour,” he said.