By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Prominent All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains and aspirants in
the just concluded primary of the party in Ekti State, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele and Mr. Kayode Ojo, have promised that they would work assiduously to ensure that Ekiti joins the progressives government
being superintended over by President Muhammadu Buhari in the July 14 poll.
They charged all the aspirants that participated in the recent governorship primary to bury their differences and coalesced efforts to ensure that the candidate of the party and Minister of
Mines and Steel Development,Â Dr Kayode Fayemi, wins the forthcoming
governorship poll in the state.
Briefing newsmen in Iyin Ekiti after meeting with his supporters from 177 wards, Bamidele said the coming election is not about Fayemi, but about the afflicted people of the state, who were being deceived by the present government.
Bamidele said he would work hard with other like minds across the state to ensure that the minister triumphs in the election he described as a reclamation battle to ensure the people are freed from the pangs of poverty, deprivation and bad governance.
â€œThe APC is set to give Ekiti people a new lease of life through prioritisation of time-tested policies capable of transforming the economy and provision of opportunities for wealth creation, social welfare, healthy living and food security.
â€œDr Fayemi in the full glare of everybody has apologised to the teachers, civil servants, artisans and those who might be affected by his policies as a governor, I beg our people to accept his apologies.
â€œWe are resolved to align Ekiti State and her good people with the progressive transformation being championed by the APC-led government of President Buhari and no stone shall be left unturned in ensuring that this dream is achieved,â€ he said.
Bamidele warned that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was already
latching on to the existing crack in the party to destabilise APC.
â€œThis is a calculated plot to destabilise and demonise the APC and give victory to their party in the July 14 election through the back door but I am certain that the desperate and mischievous agenda of the PDP will fail on a final note,â€ he said.
Ojo, who polled 281 votes to rank third in the primary, said he had no reason to blame Fayemi for joining the fray to contest for the governorship ticket in APC, adding that it was his constitutional right.
He added that he had accepted the outcome of the primary and had
resolved to work with Fayemi to make the party triumph in the coming
He said he has no reason to dissent as a loyal party man, adding that the party can only have a good and prosperous future if the party emerges victorious in the governorship poll.
â€œDr Fayemi had visited me and I have accepted wholeheartedly to work with him in the interest of our party. I believe the APC is supreme to all of us and we must not do those things that will sabotage our efforts in this coming election.
â€œThough, I did not win the primary, but I have no regret contesting because members of APC in Ekiti are great people. I am seeing a bright future for Ekiti APC going by the spirit of sportsmanship our people have displayed.
â€œI have gone round and saw that our people lacked basic amenities for
development. Virtually every aspect of our lives neededÂ interventions and it is only the APC that can bring this desired change.
â€œOther parties have been calling me to come and get the ticket but I resisted them. I will work with APC with my teeming supporters for us to win this election and I charge other aspirants to imbibe the same spirit,â€ he said.