National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, says the party has not endorsed any candidate for the July governorship election in Ekiti state.
Oyegun said this in a statement signed by his political aide, Soni Idahagbon.
He dismissed speculations that a recent visit to President Buhari by Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, in company of a former governor of Ekiti State, Niyi Adebayo, was an endorsement of Fayemi.
Oyegun said, “Fayemi is a minister in the president’s cabinet and a former governor of Ekiti State; and Adebayo is also a former governor of the state.
“They could have gone to discuss development issues pertaining to the state,” the statement said.
“The APC is a democratic party, we are not dictatorial or nocturnal in all our dealings.
“When you talk of a consensus candidate, you talk of the common decision of all the contestants to pick on one person, not that any leader will come and impose a candidate against the will of the party delegates who are entitled to their votes.
“If I didn’t impose a candidate in my state, Edo, and in other states where primary elections had been conducted by our party; if the president had not imposed anybody in those states, why should we do such in Ekiti?”
Meanwhile, former Ekiti State Governor and APC Deputy National Chairman, Segun Oni, has reacted to reports that he was planning to defect to another party.