From Abiola Alo, Ado-Ekiti
Former Nigeria’s envoy to Canada and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Ambassador Dare Bejide has boasted that the outcome of the primary to be conducted by the party for the 2018 governorship election will shock Governor Ayodele Fayose.
He maintained that Fayose’s endorsement of his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as the sole candidate would not stand, saying it was a nullity and exercise in futility.
Pro-Fayose PDP stakeholders had last week endorsed Olusola, describing him as the most outstanding to fly the party’s flag among the contenders for the plum seat.
Addressing members of the party and his supporters in Ado Ekiti , Bejide said he remains a major contender in the Ekiti 2018 governorship election in the state, vowing to clinch the PDP’s ticket in spite of Olusola’s endorsement by the governor.
The PDP chieftain said that he was neither rattled not disturbed by Fayose’s conduct since the constitution was very unambiguous on how primary should be conducted, saying the constitutional infraction leading to Olusola’s imposition would not 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 party’s primaries slated for March, 2017, Bejide said: “Check your records, I am the most consistent and outstanding personality among all the contestants in Ekiti today, because I am experienced.
“I joined other leaders, few of who are still politically active, to build the PDP haven and 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 primaries, the result will shock many people because I will convincingly defeat
Fayose, his boy and cronies”, he boasted.