ABUJA – There are indications that Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, may turn in his resignation letter from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet anytime soon.
His resignation may follow his recent emergence as the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, thereby conforming to the electoral guidelines, which stipulate that a serving candidate resigns his or her appointment on or before 30 working days to an election.
Fayemi, however, said that he does not owe some of those who have criticised his style of managing the state during his initial tenure any apology.
He also noted that he was not averse to tendering apologies to some minority groups who may not have been too pleased with his style of leadership.
Asked if he was perturbed by threats from the outgoing Governor Ayodele Fayose to do everything within his powers to defeat him, Kayode said he would rather join issues with the PDP candidate, Kolapo Olusola.
He said this shortly after Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Almakura, presented him to President Muhammadu Buhari as the APC gubernatorial flag bearer in Ekiti State at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.
Fayemi said, “You should understand the contest of the apology; don’t just take the apology on its own.
“What I said was that clearly, they were people in Ekiti even though they were minority, who were not happy with some of the policies and programmes of our government whilst we were in office and to such people, I render an apology.
“But for me, the rescue mission in Ekiti is a job that has to be done. What do you want? You want continuity or lack of salary, continuity of poverty, continuity of want, and continuity of directionlessness or do you want to return to a past of buoyancy, human development, accountability and transparency in government. That is the clear dividing line and people can see that.”
When asked by State House correspondents of his chances of winning the polls, he said the task would be tedious but that APC would come out victorious.
“Well, a critical hurdle has been crossed but we still have a major work to do. The important thing is to see this as a collective rescue mission and I am glad that my co-contestants have seen it in that light.
“I have met with all the co-contestants, I have broken fast with them, I have shared ideas with them, I have also extended an olive branch to them to be part of the candidate advisory council for this election, and they have all graciously agreed to do that.
“We are confident that the APC will carry the day but there is still a lot of work to do,” he stated.
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