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36 APC chieftains jostle for Ekiti state governor's seat in 2018 (SEE FULL LIST)

36 APC chieftains jostle for Ekiti state governor's seat in 2018 (SEE FULL LIST)

- Not less than 36 chieftains of the Ekiti state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are jostling for the party’s ticket for the 2018 governorship election.

- Some of the aspirants have not officially declared their interest, but majority of them are intensifying their efforts in wooing party leaders

- The second term of the incumbent state governor, Ayodele Fayose, elapses in October next year

36 APC Chieftains Battle For Fayose’s Seat (See full list)

The second term of Ayodele Fayose as Ekiti state governor ends in October 2018

Not less than 36 chieftains of the Ekiti state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are jostling for the party’s ticket for the 2018 governorship election.

According to New Telegraoh, some of the aspirants have not officially declared their interest, but majority of them are intensifying their efforts in wooing party leaders both in the state and the centre to clinch the APC ticket.

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NAIJ.com gathered that the second term of the incumbent state governor, Ayodele Fayose, elapses in October next year.

Among those jostling for the APC ticket include:

1. Minister of Solid Minerals and Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi

2. APC Deputy National Chairman (South), Engr. Segun Oni

3. Femi Ojudu; Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters

4. Gbenga Aluko

5. Former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Olufemi Bamisile.

6. Bimbo Daramola

7. Opeyemi Bamidele

8. Bamidele Faparusi; former Chairman of Ekiti State Hospitals Management Board

9. Dr. Adebayo Orire; 2007 governorship candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)

10. Otunba Yinka Akerele; former Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)

11. Dr. Femi Thomas; former Chief of Staff to ex-Governor Fayemi

12. Mr. Yemi Adaramodu; former House of Assembly Majority Leader

13. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye; Australia-based medical practitioner

14. Dr. Wole Oluyede and former House of Assembly member

15. Hon. Bayo Idowu.

16. Chief Sesan Fatoba

17. Chief Bisi Aloba

18. Chief Dele Okeya; former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo

19. Mr. Bodunde Adeyanju; former Ekiti South senatorial aspirant

20. Mr. Kayode Adaramodu; an industrialist

21. Mr. Olajide Akinyemi Jnr; a retired officer of the United States Army

22. Captain Sunday Adebomi; former Special Assistant on Forestry

23. Mr. Bayo Babalotin; son of former governor of old Ondo State

24. Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua

25. Mr. Oladipupo Ogunkoyode

There is apprehension among the APC leadership over the growing list of aspirants, and most especially the profile of the individuals involved.

Some members of the party in the state, who spoke with New Telegraph, said that it would have been easy for the APC to harmonise and arrive at a consensus candidate.

Fayose, who reacted to the growing list of APC governorship aspirants through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the PDP is not bothered as the APC lacks presence in the state.

He said: “The question is: Is APC still in Ekiti State? The answer is no. They can have 1,000 aspirants, but we are not bothered because the party does not exist here, though it is public knowledge that one of the aspirants already has the ticket in his pocket. “In 2014, the PDP defeated an incumbent governor, who worked with two former governors. We will do that again in 2018 in a free and fair contest.”

Meanwhile, the minister of mines and steel development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said Governor Ayodele Fayose will get his due reward at the appropriate time.

The minister made the statement in reaction to recent allegations made against him by Fayose.

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Fayemi, the immediate past governor of Ekiti state, was succeeded by Fayose, who recently claimed the minister was working with some justices of the Supreme Court to sack him via a review of the ruling of the apex court which upheld his election as governor of the state.

In the NAIJ.com video below, a man criticises the APC for failing to deliver on its campaign promises.

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