Former Nigeria’s envoy to Canada and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Ambassador Dare Bejide, has said the outcome of the primary for next year’s election will shock Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Bejide maintained that Fayose endorsement of his deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola, as the sole candidate would not stand, adding it was an exercise in futility.
The Pro-Fayose stakeholders have endorsed Olusola, describing him as the best person to fly the party’s flag among the contenders for the plum seat.
Addressing his supporters in Ado-Ekiti, Bejide described himself as a major contender vowing to clinch the ticket, despite Olusola’s endorsement by the governor.
The PDP chieftain said he was neither rattled nor disturbed by Fayose’s conduct since the constitution was unambiguous on how a primary should be conducted, saying the constitutional infraction leading to Olusola’s imposition won’t stand.
He said: “I have since met with our party leaders pointing them to some possible effects of the illegality committed by the self-acclaimed stakeholders.
“Firstly, such action negates the constitution of our party and thus misrepresents the PDP Ideology.”
On whether he would be participating in the primary, Bejide said: “Check your records, I am the most consistent and outstanding personality among all the contestants in Ekiti, because I am experienced.
“I joined other leaders, few of who are still politically active, to build the PDP haven served as the Pioneer Secretary of the party in Ekiti state in 1998. You may wish to ask others if they are unaware of that.
“I made bold to say that, in the forthcoming primary, the result will shock many people because I will convincingly defeat Fayose, his boy and cronies,” he boasted.