Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Determined to win the 2018 governorship poll in Ekiti State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has vowed to use every legal and constitutional strategy to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the coming election.
The party said it has exhausted its patience and could not afford to wait for another four years in the fringe, allowing the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, the freewill to continue to dominate the state political space.
The state acting Chairman of the party, Mrs. Kemi Olaleye, said this in Ado Ekiti during a visit of the leadership of the Nigeria Union of
Journalists (NUJ), Correspondentsâ€™ Chapel, led by its Chairman, Sam Nwaoko, to the APCâ€™s state Working Committee members.
Olaleye said the party would put its house in order and connect with all the critical stakeholders like the artisans, teachers, market men and women and political and opinion leaders to make the dream a reality.
â€œWe are determined to win the coming election. We will use every legal and constitutional means; adopt the right strategy to win the July 14 governorship election.
â€œWe canâ€™t wait in the fringe for another four years. One year is too long a year to be wasted in the life of a politician, let alone another four years.
â€œWe know that 2018 will be challenging for the state working committee because our governorship aspirants will play and do their own things but we shall overcome.
â€œThe essence of being elected is to manage our party, make it strong to be able to win election and that is what we are doing, and by the grace of God, we shall emerge victorious in the next election,â€ she said.
Olaleye , who praised the correspondents for being apolitical and fair in their reportage, advised media professionals to always allow the opposition to say about how the people are being governed.
â€œAPC is not a party that can muzzle opposition. You were in this state when our party was in the saddle, we never did anything that can put you in a dangerous situation, so we are assuring you that our party will continue to accord you respect.
â€œGod has placed you in a vantage position that allows you to right and the wrongs in the society. In the cause of doing your jobs, there is no way you wonâ€™t ruffle feathers with the politicians, and politicians being what they are, would like to react violently.
â€œBut donâ€™t allow our reactions to stop you from doing what is right, and just if that will bring the needed changes to our society,â€ she said.
Nwaoko assured the party that media professionals in the state shall continually embrace the principle of fairness to all parties as the 2018 governorship poll gathers momentum.
The chairman of the Correspondentsâ€™ Chapel advised the party to be receptive to criticisms from the media, saying: â€œThis remains the only way the country can get it right in all facets.â€