Leaders, members and all stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state, have been advised on the need to make sacrifices that will ensure the success of the party in the forthcoming governorship election in the state. Former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Bamidele Faparusi, who gave the advice urged the party to hearken to the agitations for the zoning of the governorship ticket to the south senatorial
district of the state.
The APC chieftain and governorship aspirant who pointed out that Ekiti people were craving for farness, justice and fairplay among the three senatorial districts, described those working against the agitation as “selfish politicians, who have no respect for the populace”.He spoke during the inauguration of his campaign team , with the former Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Churchill Adedipe appointed as his Campaign Director among other
senatorial local government and wards’ coordinators constituted to work for his emergence at the primary.
Addressing members of APC State Working Committee, while unveiling his governorship intent at the party’s secretariat in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, Faparusi said zoning the ticket to the South has become a serious issue that the party can’t discountenance, in order for the party to come out victorious in the July 14, 2014 poll.
He said as a politician and technocrat , he would rebuild the state’s economy via robust commercial agriculture, tourism , youth employment through vocational training, institutionalization of social security for aged, sick and unemployed and free education to the secondary cadre.
According to him, “Our leaders must make sacrifices the way Asiwaju Bola Tinubu did in 2015. President Muhammadu Buhari had conceded the Vice Presidential ticket to him, but for fear of Muslim-Muslim ticket, he decided to give way for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and that was why APC won.
“I see no reason why it was difficult for some Ekiti APC leaders to make sacrifices if not for selfishness, greed and pride.
“The entire six local governments in the south have taken a position on this and that was why Governor Ayodele Fayose , who wanted to pick an Ado Ekiti person initially quickly opted for his Deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola , who is from Ikere in the south, so APC must do same. “Governor Fayose was not a fool to have done that. He has done his opinion poll very well. So , I beg the APC State and National Working Committees that if they really love APC, they must support south agenda”, he added.
Faparusi added that posterity shall judge positively whoever makes sacrifice well for the party to be able to reclaim the state back from the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the coming election. He promised to be ‘servant ’ to the party members if given the opportunity to fly the party’s flag and eventually won the July 14 poll. The APC leader appealed to delegates to rebuff those he described as ‘money bags’ from mortgaging their future at the primary.
“Many of them have borrowed monies from neighbouring states, from friends in London and USA and when they win election, hardly could they do anything because they have borrowed more than the economy of
the state could cope with, we had experienced this before”, he counseled.