- Chairman of the APC in Ekiti state, Jide Awe, said the governorship candidate of the party in July election, Kayode Fayemi, does not have any agenda to rig the election
- Awe noted that Fayemi's strong credentials of performances will make him win under a free and fair atmosphere
- He maintained that Fayemi did exceedingly well in Ekiti as a governor and the party is relying heavily on that strong antecedents to win the election
Chairman of the APC in Ekiti state, Jide Awe, said the governorship candidate of the party in July election, Kayode Fayemi, is not interested in taking Ekiti by force, rather his strong credentials of performances will make him win under a free and fair atmosphere.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Awe made this known in Erinjiyan Ekiti at a reception held in his honour by the people of the town after three years in exile due to allegations of murder, for which he was charged to court by the Ekiti state government.
According to him, “Fayemi did exceedingly well in Ekiti as a governor and the party is relying heavily on this strong antecedents to win the coming election and not intending to capture the state in a Gestapo-like manner.
“We are not interested in taking Ekiti about by force. The good credentials of our party in terms of performances in all the 133 towns were sufficient to defeat PDP in this election.”
On the fear that the defections of Adeyeye and others to APC may spark an unwarranted crisis between the old and new members, Awe said: “Party is about crisis management. We are going to manage everybody.
“APC is like a beautiful flower that is attracting all manners of insects, but we shall reward everybody based on contributions.
“There is no watertight legal framework that regulates defection and there is no way you can stop people from leaving a party when it was being run like a personal estate the way governor Fayose has been doing in PDP. Not everybody can be comfortable with his style.
“We shall manage them effectively. APC is a big political family with large tentacles that can accommodate everybody.
“I have served for 12 years and the party had done me a great honour. I have been galvanizing our people to work together and win for Fayemi. We have forgotten about the primary, it is now time to work for our party.
“That was the instruction we gave to our members and whoever defies it because he had an individual axe to grind with Fayemi will have himself to blame, is like disobeying the party and we won’t tolerate such.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that deputy senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu accused the APC of persecuting Peoples Democratic Party leaders and leaders of the National Assembly ahead of the 2019 general elections in the country.
Ekweremadu said the persecution, smear campaigns and persistent threats against leaders and members of the PDP has reached an alarming height.
The deputy Senate president made this known at the Akure Airport on his way to a political rally in Ekiti atate.
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