Three years to the expiration of his tenure, the opposition All Progressives Congress is already bracing up to the challenge of taking over the mantle of leadership from Gov. Ayodele Fayose
Former Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Femi Bamisile, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not rely on federal might to defeat governor Ayodele Fayose in 2018 governorship poll.
Bamisile, who had declared intention for the governorship seat, said the party would embark on serious and widespread mobilization drive to canvass for votes, for easy ride to victory.
Speaking yesterday during a courtesy call on the State Working Committee with his campaign team, Bamisile dispelled the insinuation that the party was factionalized.
The former legislator restated that the various groups existing in the party is normal in every opposition party, assuring that all would subsume into one once the President appoints a Minister from the state. “I am an experienced politician who had contested severally.
I quite understood the imperativeness of starting a campaign early as an opposition and that is exactly what I am doing. “We are not going to rely on President Buhari or federal might to win the coming governorship election. We have the capacity to defeat Fayose on our own.
“In the June 21, 2014 governorship election, we lost to PDP by over 80,000 margin. But in the presidential election, it reduced to about 50,000 despite that Fayose did not allow some of our members to campaign. “With this, it was evident that the APC in Ekiti is very strong.
I want to assure our leaders that we will win the next election convincingly. But we have to work seriously for it , so that we won’t disappoint President Buhari”, he said.
Bamisile stated that he had started monthly distribution of free petrol to commercial motorcyclists operating in the state, adding that other critical voting population would enjoy similar gesture soon. He promised not to treat the party hierarchy at all levels with scornin the course of pursuing his political aspiration.
The Chairman of the party, Chief Jide Awe , represented by his deputy, Mrs Kemi Olajide and a leader of the party, Chief George Ojo, praised Bamisile for coming out at a critical time to give the party a strong voice.
-Emmanuel Ani, Ado Ekiti