Former Ekiti state governor and current Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, says he will contest the July 14 governorship election in the state under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He made his ambition known at a news conference at his Isan-Ekiti country home in Oye Local Government Area of the state.

Fayemi had hosted leaders and scores of members of the party from all the 16 Local Government Areas and the 177 Wards of the state.

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He said he was driven by his past records of positive achievements, especially for workers, retirees and pensioners while in office in the state.

He explained that his decision to seek re-election was to deliver the state from incompetent and dubious hands and take her to where its supposed to be.

The former governor becomes the 35th person to formally indicate interest in the governorship poll in the APC alone.

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This is aside from dozen others whose campaign posters and billboards are already out on the streets without formal declaration.

Fayemi said he would formally submit his letter of intent to the state secretariat of the APC as soon as the Independent National Electoral Commission lifts ban on campaigns on April 15.