Senator Babafemi Ojudu, one of the leading governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Party (APC) in Ekiti State has withdrawn his candidacy from Saturday’s governorship primary citing lack of transparency and injustice in the election process.

Ojudu, who is President Muhammadu Buhari's Special Adviser on Political Matters, accused the John Odigie-Oyegun led National Working Committee (NWC) of doctoring the exercise to favour a particular aspirant believed to be the former governor of the state and current Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Speaking on Thursday in Ado Ekiti, Ojudu also decried the violence that has characterised the process of choosing one of the 33 aspirants as the candidate of APC for the gubernatorial election.

He said, “I am not involved in violence, but I know those who are involved in violence. The primary has been corrupted by elements that are desperate.”

He alleged that some of the aspirants are currently bringing thugs into the state to help swing the rescheduled primary in their favour.

He insisted that he would support anyone that eventually emerges from the party primary as APC candidate, but he was emphatic that he would not back anyone that has records of corruption or who has been indicted and on trial for stealing resources of the state.

Ojudu urged the Ekiti chapter of APC not to allow the governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, replace himself by planting his stooge as his successor.

He said APC should ensure that Fayose pays for all the crimes he has committed.

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