The political permutations for the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State has taken a new dimension, as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi plans to seek President Muhammadu Buhari's approval to contest the election.

The election is billed for July 14, 2018.

The minister is planning to take another shot at the Ekiti State Government House which he lost to Ayo Fayose in 2014.

He has come under increasing pressure to contest the election. Several political groups and associations spread across the three senatorial districts of the state have continued to mount pressure on Fayemi to re-contest in 2018.

Going by the timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), campaign for the Ekiti governorship election will open on April 15, 2018.

To join the race, Fayemi will have to resign from his ministerial job.

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The All Progressives Congress under which Fayemi will run already has a long list of aspirants hoping to emerge as the party's flag-bearer for the election.

Among them are former governor of the state, Segun Oni, Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, a former commissioner for Information in Lagos, Opeyemi Bamidele, a former member of the House of Representatives, Bamidele Faparusi, a retired permanent secretary, Sesan Fatoba, and an Australian based medical doctor, Dr Wole Oluyede.

Others are: Kola Alabi, Bimbo Daramola, Ranti Debo Ajayi, Funminiyi Afuye, Muyiwa Coker, Senator Gbenga Aluko, Kayode Ojo, Dr Bayo Orire, Dr Folorunso Akinyele, Kayode Olofinniyi, Diran Adesua, Sunday Adebomi, Dr Makanjuola Owolabi, Folorunso Akinyele and Dr Olu Oluleye.

The incumbent governor, Fayose is also working hard to make sure that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party retains the state.

Fayose has already anointed his deputy, Kolapo Olusola, to succeed him.


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