- A senior member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bamidele Faparusi, has warned supporters of the party to watch out for desperate politicians who go about luring people to their domains ahead of 2019 elections
- Faparusi said that he has remained a loyal and supportive member of the party since its inception
- He expressed his joy over the fact that one of the conditions of the party for choosing a candidate for election is credibility
Bamidele Faparusi, a member of the seventh House of Representatives, has appealed to the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s delegates not to trade their future for money.
Faparusi said that experiences have clearly shown that politicians who play politics as a business venture had never turned out to be popular to the people.
Faparusi, an APC governorship aspirant in Ekiti state, gave the advice in his letter dated Wednesday, February 14, addressed to all the APC delegates throughout the 177 wards. The advice revolved around the need for stock taking and assessment ahead of the primary election, The Punch reports.
He cautioned: “While thanking you in advance for your unflinching support, please be wary of political merchants who might want to come like a thief in the night to buy your conscience, steal your future and keep you perpetually enslaved.”
He urged them to remark that fate had destined them to be part of the people that would determine the future of Ekiti state in the next administration
He maintained that he remained one of the most reliable supporters of the party, who had been steadfast and progressive as a politician since the era of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
Faparusi stated: “I served my constituency and of course the party as a member of the House of Representatives between 2011 and 2015. I am presenting myself to serve you yet again as the next governor of Ekiti state.
“I have taken time to examine your criteria to choose the next governor for the state and I believe that I am among the very few aspirants that meet all the standards if not the only aspirant.
“I understand that you want your next governor to have political experience without any baggage, my record as a member of the House of Representatives ranked best in the history of our state and that goodwill is a major impetus for me now.
“I also understand that you want a home-grown grass-roots politician who can genuinely understand and identify with you. You all know that I have always been in your midst through thick and thin.”
Faparusi said he was glad that among the conditions listed by the party to choose its candidate was that such a person must be politically stable. He said he has always displayed firm loyalty to the party since 1999.
He further said: “I never dumped the party at any point in time unlike some of my contestants who have tasted different forbidden fruits by their past fraternities with the PDP, a party that was known to be egregiously corrupt.”
“Let me commend your determination and resolve to make sure that the next governor that will emerge from our party comes from Ekiti South Senatorial District. Dear delegates, I am from Ode Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti South.
“Let my experience in politics, business and government work for you, the party and our state. Let me also reassure you that I shall bring those experiences to bear to ensuring that critical stakeholders like you are allowed to take ownership of our dear party and the government we are to form."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Faparusi had commended the judiciary for freeing suspects standing trial for the murder of the former chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Chief Omolafe Aderiye.
NAIJ.com gathered that Aderiye, an ally of Governor Ayodele Fayose, was killed in 2014 in the Ijigbo area of Ado-Ekiti.
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