Barely one week after the emergence of Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the upcoming Ekiti State Governorship election, Nigerians have agitated for his resignation.
They complained that Fayemi was supposed to have resigned immediately after he emerged as the flagbearer of the APC in the July 14th governorship election in Ekiti State to give room for transparency. It will be recalled that Fayemi polled 941 votes to defeat other aspirants including a former governor of the state, Segun Oni, in the primary conducted under a tight security.
The result of the election as declared by the committee are, Adesua Oladiran (04), Adeyanju Bodunde (03), Ajayi Adebowale Oluranti (01), Yinka Akerele (11), Kola Alabi (14), Aloba Adebisi (07), Gbenga Aluko (86), Ayo Arise (02), and Opeyemi Bamidele (08).
Others are, Femi Bamisile, (179), Bimbo Daramola (28), Oladipupo Ogunkoya (01) and Adekunle Esan with no vote, Bamidele Faparusi (23) and Sesan Fatoba (43). Though, Fayemi promised to resign his ministerial appointment two weeks after his emergence as the APC flagbearer, many Nigerians on social media believe the interval is “too far”.
“Please, he should resign this week. Two weeks is too far away,” one of them, Aibinuola @1vitalsplash, said. On his part, Sunny @delivio1 argued that he was supposed to have resigned before partaking in the APC’s primary election, saying: “Resignation from Public Office should precede involvement in politics.”
Some of them also accused the ruling APC of having no respect for rule of law, describing his promise to resign as a deceit. They also alleged that the minister was too desperate to regain power and proving to be “indispensable”.
Ib Continental @ib_continental said: “Hmmmm, what a mess! This APC no have respect for rule of law. The position you suppose to have resigned before you contest at all.”
Oluemi Awolusi @OluemiA added: “He needn’t resign. He’s free to keep his ministerial appointment and still contest since he is so indispensable.”
Ade Benedict @Benmoney50 said: “You will now resign it because you won the primary abi? Continue to deceive yourself.”
Another Twitter user, Oluyemisi Olubiyi, wondered why the president selected people who were more interested in gaining political power than serving the masses in his cabinet.
Olubiyi @oluyemi114 said: “A clear indication that his appointment as Minister was a calculated political compensation. Serving in that position was never an ambition to serve Nigerians but a mere “bounty sharing” amidst politicians. What will happen to all unfinished projects & proposals under his cabinet?”
As for Eyitayo King @Eyitayoking, Fayemi refused to resign because of an alleged fear of failure
“You played a fast one. Like ‘a bird in hand,’ you should have resigned before now if you were sure of winning,” Eyitayo King added.