Obasanjo’s aide, 28 others, gun for Ekiti top job

The candidates are seeking the nomination of state opposition, PDP

So far, 29 aspirants, including a former aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, have indicated their interest to contest the 2014 Ekiti governorship election under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The contenders signified their interest barely one week after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Abuja fixed June 2014 as the election date.

Bodunde Adeyanju, a former Personal Assistant to Mr. Obasanjo, said he joined the race because he felt he was the best for the job.

The other aspirants are former governor, Ayo Fayose, the police affairs minister, Caleb Olubolade and former managing director of Wema Bank, Bisi Omoyeni.

Others include Abiodun Aluko, a former deputy governor, and Tunji Odeyemi, a former speaker of the state Assembly, among others.

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Mr Odeyemi, who was the state’s Acting-Governor when the Court of Appeal invalidated the election of former Gov. Segun Oni, said that the people appealed to him to contest the election.

He said that he was well-equipped to win the governorship election if allowed to fly the party’s flag.

The N10 million fees for the nomination form and the N3 million expression of interest cost, imposed by the PDP on its gubernatorial aspirants in Ekiti, has not deter the aspirants, whose numbers swell by the day.


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