Contrary to insinuation that the All Progressives Congress aggrieved governorship aspirants are still bitter and would betray the party’s candidate, Biodun Oyebanji, in the June 18 poll, former Deputy Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Taiwo Olatunbosun, has declared that the former contenders are committed to working for the party’s victory.
Olatunbosun said strong contenders like the Senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, Opeyemi Bamidele and a member of the House of Representatives , Hon. Femi Bamisile and five others, who vied for the governorship primary and lost will work for Oyebanji in the election.
The Chairman of the Ekiti State House of Assembly Commission, warned that opposition party hoping to harvest from the crisis emanated from the January 27 governorship primary would be disappointed on grounds that the aggrieved members have resolved to unite for APC.
Olatunbosun who spoke, in Ado Ekiti, yesterday said the Post-Primary Reconciliation Committee has reached out to the party bigwigs with many of them openly campaigning for APC and said they won’t betray the party that launched them to prominence.
He said:”The APC is getting stronger every day and it is in a pole position to win the forthcoming governorship election. Those parties wishing to harvest members from the APC will be disappointed at the end because of the internal reconciliation going on.
“Politics is about interests and all the people being referred to as aggrieved, they have said it openly and publicly that they are not leaving the party and they are going to work for the party at the election.
“The truth of the matter is that the Reconciliation Committee has been out in place and working very hard on the assignment it has been saddled with. The candidate elected in the primary was popularly elected and as a matter of fact, the election was free and fair.
“We may have some individuals who may be disappointed that they were not elected at the primary because they would have lived to be governor but the truth of the matter is that we can only have one governorship candidate.
“A governorship candidate, a popular one has been elected and he has extended his hands of fellowship to all of them that contested with him and they have Al pledged to work for the party.
“The issue of the governorship primary has been laid to rest and I can assure you that all the people that participated in that primary have pledged and publicly pledged that they are going to work for the party.
“Until we we get to the campaign ground, you will see people, you will see almost all of them (contestants at the primary) on the campaign train, it is then that you will believe that our party is strong, prepared and ready to win and continue in governance.”
Making a case for continuity of an APC government in Ekiti, he said: “For the first time, Ekiti needs continuity, Ekiti needs stability to continue with the development that has started very well under Fayemi’s leadership.”