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PDP Needs A Formidable Candidate To Win 2018 Election In Ekiti – Omoyeni

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By TUNDE BADMUS

A former Group Managing Director of Wema Bank and chieftain of PDP in

Ekiti State, Mr. Bisi Omoyeni has reacted to the “purported

endorsement” of Prof. Kolapo Eleka by a group of people as the sole

candidate of PDP in the 2018 governorship election.

Addressing a marmot crowd of party faithful who trooped out in large

numbers to catch a glimpse at the man referred to as “Omo Ayiye” by

the Ikere people as he made a triumphant entry to Ikere yesterday in

furtherance of his ambition to become the next governor of Ekiti State

come October 2018.

 

In a press statement issued over the weekend by Yemi Akinbode, the

Director of Media & Publicity Bisi Omoyeni Campaign Organisation, the

PDP Governorship aspirant said I have  received the  reports of

endorsement of a sole candidate with disbelief, saying it defile all

logic to adopt a candidate ahead of the primary of the PDP in Ekiti

State. In a race where there are over 8 aspirants, how can we have a

sole candidate without the consent of others?

 

 

In his words, “it has become necessary at this moment in regards to

the current development in our party, the PDP ahead of the 2018

gubernatorial election in Ekiti state, to reassure my teeming

supporters, friends, party stalwarts and well wishers that ‘am still

in the race for the exalted seat which will become vacant at the

expiration of administration of the incumbent Governor, Dr Ayodele

Fayose”.

According to him, it is no longer news that the good of Ekiti are

clamouring for a good, credible and experienced candidate who can

pilot the affairs of Ekiti without any fear or favour. A candidate who

will be fair and good to all. That is what Ekiti people want for now.

We are ready to provide the kind of leadership that will rebuild and

reposition Ekiti state for greater heights.

”I want to state clearly, that we have come to reassure our people

that we are ready to fill in the gap and ensure the progress and

development that all Ekitis home and in the Diaspora longed for”.

It is very clear that the purported endorsement defiles all logic and

also negates the principle of internal democracy. Moreso, is the fact

that the purported candidate cannot win a secret ballot in a free and

fair election. It is obvious that the party leadership are not happy

about this, even though some may not be willing to express their

displeasure about this decision.

Omoyeni further charged the party stakeholders to remain loyal to the

leadership of the PDP in Ekiti, especially our Governor, Dr. Ayodele

Fayose.

According to him, “What is happening here today is the determination

of our people, Ikere in particular and Ekiti in general to persuade

and convince our leader to allow us have a level plain ground for the

2018 governorship primary. In the past two weeks I have held wide

discussions and conversations with a cross section of our party

leaders and stakeholders, and it is very clear that what they want is

a transparent and credible primary. So we are appealing to our

Governor to allow the wish of the people to prevail, as that is the

only way that PDP can win the upcoming 2018 governorship Election”.

He said, “We shall soon commence full scale mobilization and

sensitization of party members, especially delegates to the party

primary with a view to selling our 7-point development agenda to them.

Our party cannot afford to impose any candidate on Ekiti people at

this crucial time.  We would  engage all the party faithful,

stakeholders, leaders and the general public in a manner that will

guarantee the emergence of the standard flag bearer of the party in a

transparent, free and fair party primary.

 

Omoyeni also reassured the leadership of the party at both state and

national level of his unflinching loyalty and support if a formidable

candidate is presented. “It is very important to note that, at this

point in time we cannot afford to derail as a party and we should be

mindful of every issue that can cause disharmony and crisis within the

party” he said.

The people led by Hon. Sesan Owoeye, former Ikere Local Government

Chairman took the Bisi Omoyeni political train in their hundreds

through Oke Osun, Ogbonjana, Oke Ikere, Atiba and Okeruku, chanted

various solidarity songs in support of the PDP aspirant. The

procession of the people in motorcade and okada riders which started

at about 9:00 am from the Iju border end, created huge traffic

gridlock as people scrambled to be part of the procession.

 

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