Dr. Kayode Fayemi has resigned his appointment as Minister of Mines and Steel Development to concentrate on defeating Kolapo Olusola, Governor Ayo Fayose’s deputy, at the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, had last week, said he would resign from the federal cabinet in a week.
Fayemi, who is the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State spoke to State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja shortly after he was formally presented to President Muhammadu Buhari by the chairman of the Ekiti APC primary committee, Tanko Al-Makura.
When asked when he would resign his appointment as a minister, Fayemi initially claimed that there was still a lot of work to be done.
He referred the reporters to Section 182 of the 1999 Constitution which he said allowed him to be in office till at least 30 days to the election.
“There is still a lot of work to do. The constitution again is very clear. What the constitution says in Section 182 is that I must leave the cabinet at least 30 days before the general election,” he said.
When further asked how to describe him since he emerged a candidate and he is still a minister, Fayemi replied,
“Well, I am the candidate of our party and I am also a minister of the Federal Republic at least for the next one week. So, for the next one week, I am the Minister of Mines and Steel.”