Nigeria’s minister of mines and steel development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
Fayemi resigned his appointment so as to concentrate on the upcoming Ekiti state governorship election coming up on July 14th.
In a rescheduled primary election, Fayemi emerged as the flag-bearer for the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the Ekiti election.
He will now face Governor Ayo Fayose’s deputy and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kolapo Olusola at the polls.
Fayemi tendered his resignation letter to President Muhammadu Buhari three weeks ago, but it officially takes effect from Wednesday, May 30.
Fayemi will be in office today to address a press conference where he will give account of his stewardship in the ministry and finally sign off at 12:00pm.
To become the Ekiti APC candidate, Fayemi polled 941 votes.
The aspirants who came closest were Segun Oni (481 votes), Kayode Ojo (281), Olufemi Richard Bamisile (179), Oluyede Oluwole (121), and Aluko Daniel Olugbenga (86).
Fayose has already boasted that an “electoral disaster” awaits Fayemi in July, saying: “He will suffer the worst defeat of his political career… after the July 14 election, he will go into political oblivion.”