👤 By Moshood Olawale
Babafemi Ojudu has withdrawn from the race to be the next Governor of Ekiti, saying the All Progressives Congress, APC was planning “an unfair contest.”
At a press briefing in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, Mr Ojudu, a former Senator for the Ekiti Central constituency of Ekiti State, who withdrew from the race days before the APC is to hold its primaries, said he was “not ready to step on blood to get to power.”
The former federal lawmaker went further to criticise the party which has had to postpone its primaries for the second time.
The first exercise to select a candidate for the APC was marred by violence. Consequently, it was cancelled and a fresh election was scheduled for Friday.
These plans were later changed and the primaries is said to be holding on Saturday 12, May, 2018, instead.
Meanwhile, Governor Ayodele Fayose’s candidate Kolapo Olusola Eleka emerged as his party candidate in the election scheduled to hold on 14 July 2018.
Mr Ojudu said: “We have worked very hard, but like you all know, hard work is never the sole prerequisite for success in politics.
“Through the embarrassing events of last weekend’s botched Ekiti governorship primary election, its aftermath in the state, and the efforts of our revered leaders from the Southwest this week to save our dear party from ruination in Ekiti State, I have learned many lessons
“Key among the lessons is that you never can tell the man who will attempt to destroy what many others have built from one who will aspire to elevate that which is thrust into his hands,’’ Ojudu said.
“We do not believe in engaging in an unfair contest and I am not ready to step on blood to get to power.
“As I have reiterated at different times in the course of the campaign, this was never about me. It was not about an ambition, but a mission to give a new lease of life to Ekiti State and the people.
“It was about safeguarding the future of our children, our grandchildren, great grandchildren and even generations yet unborn.”
This week, DENISAURUS News’ editor wrote on twitter that the postponement of the primaries will lead to clashes among the factions in the APC in the state.
Those loyal to a party Chieftain are opposed to Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Steel becoming Governor.
Mr Fayemi, a former Governor of Ekiti, is accused of betraying Asiwaju Bola Tinubu when he openly worked for Rotimi Akeredolu in the primaries that brought him in as Governor of Ondo State.
Insiders say that the odds are against the Minister who is vying for the party ticket along with 33 other aspirants including Segun Oni.
They say he is seriously holding on to straws.