Ek­iti 2018: ‘APC won’t rely on Buhari’s vic­tory’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

A former speaker of the Ek­iti State House of As­sem­bly, Femi Bamisile, has said that the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in the state will work hard to re­claim the state from the grip of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in 2018 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion.

He said the party would draw in­spi­ra­tion from Pres­i­dent Mo­ham­madu Buhari’s vic­tory at the cen­tre and work as­sid­u­ously to dis­lodge any can­di­date that would carry the PDP ban­ner.

Ad­dress­ing sup­port­ers the APC in Igede Ek­iti, of in Ire­po­dun/Ifelo­dun Lo­cal

Govern­ment Area of the state, dur­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of free petrol to com­mer­cial mo­tor­cy­cle op­er­a­tors, the gov­er­nor­ship hope­ful con­demned what he called mul­ti­ple taxes im­posed by the PDP-led govern­ment on the peo­ple.

He said, “That Pres­i­dent Buhari wins the pres­i­dency is not enough for our peo­ple here in Ek­iti. We need to win Ek­iti so that our mem­bers and the en­tire Ek­iti peo­ple can have un­fet­tered ac­cess to good gov­er­nance. How many of our peo­ple can gain ac­cess to Buhari in Abuja? Though, the man has been do­ing well with the way he man­ages the coun­try. We will work hard and en­sure that we re­move the PDP from the Govern­ment House in Ek­iti”.

“This is one of the rea­sons why I started cam­paign­ing now. Win­ning an in­cum­bent is not easy, but now that Fayose’s govern­ment has de­railed and has started alien­at­ing the peo­ple, it will be easy for us to re­move the PDP. We have to start a process of re­build­ing and re­jig­ging our party. We have done our find­ings and we now know why we lost the June 21 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion. We lost be­cause we did not con­nect the way we were ex­pected to con­nect with the peo­ple de­spite Dr Kay­ode Fayemi’s good per­for­mance”, he said.

Also speak­ing, the APC chair­man in the coun­cil, Mr Femi Alag­bada, said the mem­bers would no longer tol­er­ate im­po­si­tion of can­di­date, say­ing the trend brought the party to its present po­si­tion.

“We will only vote for those who un­der­stand the ter­rain in the pri­maries. We will not al­low any leader to sit some­where and dic­tate to us where to go. We will take our des­tiny in our own hands,” he said.

Gov­er­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode of La­gos (mid­dle), dis­cusses with the Am­bas­sador of Italy to Nige­ria, Mr. Ful­vio Rus­tico (right) while the Con­sul Gen­eral of Italy in La­gos, Dr. An­drea Pom­per­maier, watches, dur­ing a cour­tesy visit to the gov­er­nor, at the La­gos House, Ikeja yes­ter­day.

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