By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has sent a warning signal to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, saying it (PDP) will suffer crushing defeat in 2018.
Reacting to the recently concluded party primaries of the APC in neighbouring Ondo State ahead of the November 26 governorship, the party said the emergence of Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the winner of the primary is a step towards recording a crushing defeat of a “bitterly divided PDP” at the Ondo poll.
The Publicity Secretary of the party in Ekiti State, Mr. Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement on Sundayhailed fellow governorship aspirants for accepting to work for Akeredolu’s victory at the main election saying “now is the time to break the yoke of PDP that has imposed impunity and lack of transparency in governance on the people of Ondo State.”
Congratulating Akeredolu on his emergence as the party’s governorship flag bearer in Ondo, Olatunbosun noted that the rancour-free exercise demonstrates oneness of spirit among party leadership, the aspirants and members, stressing that such conduct signals victory over a “bitterly divided rival PDP” in the November poll.
He explained that Akeredolu’s victory was a consolidation of the rancour-free presidential primaries that produced President Muhammadu Buhari to be followed by Kogi State primaries that produced the late Prince Abubakar Audu.
The party spokesman praised the national leadership of the party for setting records in transparent democratic electoral process and urged other political parties to emulate APC to strengthen the practice of democracy in line with modern trends in developed democracies around the world.
He said: “In the midst of plenty, PDP-led government has done enough havoc to the psyche of Ondo State people in the last few years.
“Now is the time to break from the yoke of PDP that has imposed the reign of impunity, mismanagement, lack of transparency and accountability and bereft of development programmes even when Ondo is an oil-producing but sadly lacking in right political leadership with right vision to develop the state.”
He also praised other aspirants for embracing Akeredolu after emerging victorious, saying this demonstrated a new political conduct that emphasised collective interest above self-interests among the contestants.
“Self-interest above collective interest in political contest is what is driving PDP into factionalisation at the state and national levels and this is what Nigerians have seen in the party that informed the rejection of PDP in all recent elections across the country.
“This Ondo governorship election is not going to be an exception against the background of the ruins the party has brought on the nation during its 16 years maladministration of Nigeria.”
Praising APC for institutionalising transparent internal democracy as demonstrated in recent party’s primaries across the country, Olatunbosun urged Akeredolu to work closely with other aspirants and party leadership in the state to ensure victory in the November governorship poll.