Few days to the conduct of the primary election to pick the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, it is now clear that money and goodwill are two factors that may determine the winner.
Already, leading aspirants are already dispensing funds and securing the goodwill of party leaders, delegates and community leaders to emerge victorious.
Checks by our correspondent revealed that the two leading aspirants, former Governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi are backing on the two factors.
For Oni, former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is supporting him with cash, just as Oni is hoping to capitalise on the goodwill that he enjoys among some leaders to secure the ticket.
Tinubu, who has promised Oni huge sums of money, is fiercely opposed to Fayemi getting the party’s ticket.
This is as a result of the alleged ingratitude of Fayemi to Tinubu’s support during Fayemi’s first term.
Also, Oni has to make Tinubu’s in-law, Oyetunde Ojo, his deputy.
Ojo was in the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015.
Fayemi, on the other hand, is backing on huge cash he made as governor and what he is now making as a minister to finance his ambition.
He recently told his supporters that he had over N8 billion of his personal money, added to that is the about N20 billion said to have been promised him by some people at the federal level.
A source in the party said while Fayemi is ready to give each delegates N500,000 to get their votes on Saturday, Oni may not be able to give each delegate more than N100,000.
No fewer than 2500 delegates are to elect the APC candidate on Saturday.