Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola, Ado-Ekiti
Two All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants from Ikere-Ekiti in Ekiti State – Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua and Mr. Kola Alabi – have said their ambition for next year’s election is still on course.
They accused some people they called “fifth columnists” for the story on the alleged shortlisting of five governorship aspirants from Ikere from the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the governorship race by an interest group, Ikere Development Forum (IDF).
In a statement yesterday, Olumilua said those behind the story did not have the interest of Ikere community at heart.
He said the IDF had no influence over APC.
In a separate statement, Alabi also said the reported shortlisting of the five aspirants did not reflect IDF’s position on the governorship race.
He said: “At the meeting, a list of aspirants from Ikere, especially those who had been screened so far, was read out during the meeting. But this list must not be misconstrued as a shortlist of Ikere aspirants for the APC.
“This is but a mischievous manifestation of some do-or-die, bitter and perpetually failing politicians not associated with our esteemed IDF. Their sole aim is to heat up the polity unnecessarily in Ikere-Ekiti and other parts of Ekiti State.”
Olumilua said: “Being in attendance at the meeting, I want to point out that what was said emphatically by the President of IDF, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), was that only three aspirants – Dr. Oluyede, Chief Sesan Fatoba, and Funminiyi Afuye – showed up for the screening and that the committee found them fit and worthy to contest the governorship seat.
“This does not amount to shortlisting them, nor does it screen out the other aspirants. Consider the fact that Chief Olanipekun warned all the attendees at the meeting that deliberations within the IDF should not be leaked to outsiders, especially the press, due to the sensitive nature of what was discussed at the meeting.”