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Fayose Can Never Be Ekiti PDP Governorship Candidate - 13 Aspirants

By Lere Olayinka
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13 out of the 14 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State who boycotted the primary election held in Ado-Ekiti have vowed that Mr Ayo Fayose will never by the party's candidate.

Senator Gbenga Aluko, who addressed party supporters at the campaign office of one of the aspirants said; "the fraudulent primary they are holding is an exercise in futility. It will not stand, it cannot stand."

They maintained that Fayose was not a member of the PDP, saying his readmission into the party did not satisfy Chapter II, Section 8 (17) of the party constitution.

They said; "Chapter II, Section 8 (17) PDP Constitution states that:

'Any member who loses his membership for reasons other

than non-payment of annual subscription may be readmitted

on the recommendation of his Ward Executive Committee,

through the Local Government Area Executive Committee,

to the State Chapter of the party, and ultimately made

to the National Working Committee, subject to ratification

by the National Executive Committee.
'From the provisions of Chapter II, Section 8 (17) of the PDP Constitution, Mr Fayose's readmission into the Party required the ratification of the National Executive Committee, which has not been done.

"Therefore, an appropriate candidate for the party, not Ayo Fayose will be chosen by our party. That candidate will go ahead and win the June 21 election by the grace of God."

On the primary, the aspirants said;
"A supposed primary is said to be going on now. But we all know that a primary election is not done by only one person. A primary is done by at least two people.

"13 out of the 14 governorship aspirants of the PDP in Ekiti State are here present. It is only Ayo Fayose, a non-member of the PDP that is at the Eagle Centre doing the fraudulent primary.

"Our State Chairman, Chief Makanju Ogundipe, all the three senatorial chairmen and other major members of the State Exco are not in the so-called primary.

"Our party member should therefore know that the fraudulent primary they are holding is an exercise in futility. It will not stand, it cannot stand.

"We shall take our case to our President, who is the leader of our party. We believe the President does cannot be part of the charade going on here in Ekiti.

"We should not worry, we should stay calm and be assured that justice will be done."

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