- The zonal leadership of APC in Ekiti and other stakeholders have been persuaded by Chief Jide Awe, the chairman of the state's chapter of the party to help maintain peace at the coming primary
- Awe warned all governorship aspirants to avoid bribery and other acts of corruption before, during and after the primary
- He assured party members of a free, credible and peaceful election
Chief Jide Awe, the chairman of the Ekiti state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday, April 16, said the State Executive Council (SEC) has solicited the help of the National Working Committee (NWC) and the zonal leadership of the party to assist in appealing to the 37 governorship aspirants canvassing for the party’s ticket to make peace reign during the Saturday, May 5 primary.
Awe, who resumed office at the party’s secretariat in Ado Ekiti on Monday, April 16, after more than three years in exile, also expressed his gratitude to Governor Ayodele Fayose for kick starting the process that brought about the withdrawal of murder case filed against him and some members of the party, Daily Trust reports.
Speaking at a reception organized for him at the party’s secretariat, Awe said he expected the worst during his exile. He thanked the party for being honourable enough to tolerate him.
Awe said: “If the governor wanted to prolong my stay outside the state, he would not have investigated the case and found that there was no evidence against me in this matter.
“With this, you have spurred me into action to be able to do more. The people of Ekiti are yearning for APC. They have realized that the stomach infrastructure promised them was no longer forthcoming, so we must work hard and win the coming election.
“That is why we must listen to the people before picking our candidate, because it’s not APC members alone that are to decide who wins the election.
“I want to warn our delegates not to collect money from aspirants, if you want to collect, let it be a legitimate offer. The civil servants are ready for us, Okada riders, market men and women and even PDP members are ready for us. They have given us conditions and if we can fulfil our own side of the conditions, they will surely embrace us.”
Awe assured party members that there would be a free, fair and credible primary that will appeal to all the aspirants and make them support whoever turns out to be the winner.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Kayode Fayemi, the minister of mines and steel development, had said the APC will ensure that the outgoing governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, end up in jail.
The minister made the statement on Saturday, April 14, at a declaration ceremony attended by a large crowd on Saturday in Ado Ekiti.
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