Alabi denies withdrawing from Ekiti Gov race

Written by on February 22, 2018

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State, Mr. Kola Alabi, has rejected the adoption of his kinsman, Dr. Wole Oluyede, as the preferred candidate by the Ikere Development Forum.

Oluyede – an Australia-based medical doctor – was picked ahead of a retired Permanent Secretary, Chief Sesan Fatoba; a former Commissioner for Information, Funminiyi Afuye and a former Senior Special Assistant on Special Projects, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua.

The IDF, led by the former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), is comprised of eminent indigenes of Ikere Ekiti.

Alabi also debunked a rumour that he had withdrawn from the 2018 governorship race.

Addressing supporters at his campaign office in Ikere on Wednesday, Alabi said his fate and that of other aspirants would be decided by delegates at the primary election.

Alabi said, “The people in IDF are not politicians, so they cannot choose somebody among us as consensus candidate for Ikere Ekiti.

“If somebody is saying he has been chosen among aspirants from Ikere, I want you to ignore him because nobody can choose on behalf of delegates.

“I, Kola Alabi, has not stepped down for anybody. IDF is a social organisation, it is not a political party, it is the party that will organise the primary.

“I am ready to go for the primary, let us continue to mobilise our people and disregard the purported endorsement or adoption of an individual among Ikere aspirants.”

APC Chairman in Ikere Local Government, Mr H. I. Omotayo and Women Leader for Idemo Ward, Mrs Florence Olowere, commended Alabi for his maturity, noting that the party would organize a transparent primary for its aspirants.

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