Fayemi denies walking out of peace meeting — APC Primaries

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Police on Monday, May 7, reportedly sealed theAll Progressives Congresssecretariat in Ekiti State following the crisis that stemmed from the party's governorship primaries on Saturday, May 5.

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"The Aspirants encouraged the leaders to further discuss with the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, on the way forward".

Akande, who spoke to newsmen after the meeting said that the resolution at the meeting would be made available to the APC's National Working Committee (NWC).

"We implore well-meaning members of the society and members of our great party to disregard the misleading reports." the statement read. Taiwo Olatunbosun, for allegedly supporting one of the aspirants in the race.

They were also said to have announced the immediate formation of a pro-Fayemi caretaker committee.

Abdullahi, however, explained that the committee's secretary was not dropped as a result of any infraction.

The primary was subsequently suspended after some party agents broke the Ballot boxes.

"All agent tags must bear the names of the aspirants they represent".

"As opposed to the Delegates System, the Aspirants believe Direct Primary election is more transparent, less monetised and energises the democratic system through the participation and involvement of the generality of the party members".

The meeting, which lasted for over three hours, was broken into two sessions.

We took a decision on what will be the best advantage to our party and the country.

He said, "We (leaders) were asked to go and meet and come up with a decision..."

He said "the Ekiti APC executive has moved for a consensus candidate, which is against the constitution of our party".

Soon after, Asiwaju held him by the hand and told reporters, "We are going for (a) caucus (meeting), we will get back to you".

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, Fayemi disclosed that he only left the venue after the meeting like other attendees. This led to speculations that he had stormed out of the meeting.

In response to a question whether Fayemi walked out of the meeting, Oni said, "Nobody walked out". After the first session, the leaders took a break and met aspirants separately before returning.

Fayemi, had left the meeting summoned to find a solution to the debacle of choosing one of the 33 aspirants as APC's candidate for the election scheduled for July following the disruption of a primary organized for the objective at Ado Ekiti last Saturday mid-way.

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