Former Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Gbenga Aluko has stated that the aspirations of former Ekiti State governors, Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi, will not jeopardise his chance of becoming the party’s candidate for the governorship election.
Mr. Aluko is one of the over 40 aspirants to grab the APC governorship ticket for the election slated for July 14, 2018.
Mr. Aluko while addressing delegates across the 177 wards of Ekiti in Ode Ekiti on Tuesday, said he was unperturbed by the rumoured intentions of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Fayemi.
He, however, expressed confidence that the party would take over from the PDP in the coming election despite Fayose’s endorsement of his deputy, Kolapo Olusola.
“I have been President Buhari’s political associate since 2003, when it was not even politically safe and wise to support any other party other than the Alliance for Democracy in the southwest,” he said.
“I know him to be too disciplined and those thinking of his interference in Ekiti primary should bury such thought.
“We did primaries in Edo, Ondo and Anambra and I think the party tried its best to ensure transparency and whoever thinks he will be imposed is wasting his time.
“Aside from this, I am the only aspirant who has built a vibrant industry in Ekiti. The industry worth over N1.5 billion that generates jobs for over 100 youths, this is also additional advantage.
“Dr Fayemi is a former governor and now a minister and I don’t think he will be afraid to declare openly that he is interested and if he eventually declares, we will all go into the race as one big lovely family,” he added.