The Minister of Solid Minerals and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi will this week resign his position as the Minister.
The minister had on Saturday night emerged as the APC candidate for the election in a keenly contested primary.
He secured 941 votes as against 481 votes polled by his strongest contender, Segun Oni, who is also a former governor of the state.
Fayemi was in April granted a one-month leave of absence by President Buhari to enable him to take part in the primary.
The one-month leave would expire this week.
However, having won the primary, sources close to Fayemi said the minister would not return to his office as a substantive minister.
Fayemi, it was learnt, was not ready to delay his campaign in order not to jeopardise his chances during the election.
The source said the late open declaration of the former governor for the race nearly cost him the ticket as many of his initial supporters had declared their loyalty to other aspirants.
The source said, “Fayemi will be in Abuja either on Monday or early Tuesday to submit his letter of resignation to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Though he could still remain in office till June, at least a month before the election, he needs to be on the ground in Ekiti earlier than that.
“Remember that his late declaration for the position worked against him during the primary as many of his supporters had already started working for other aspirants.
“Because they had declared their loyalty to these aspirants, it was very difficult for the minister to ask them to return.
“But this time round and having emerged as the party’s candidate, we want all of them to return and that can only be achieved when Fayemi returns home fully to take charge.”
However, Fayemi’s Media Aide, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, told TheBoss that the Minister will resign ‘very soon’ and will surely ‘meet the requirement of the law which says contestants must resign 30 days before the general election, and as today, he still have two whole months. so let’s wait and see’