Political gladiators in Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency have commenced jostling for the vacant seat as members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their rivals in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are set to renew their rivalry.The seat became vacant with the death of the former representative, late Dr. Elijah Adewale who passed on in his Abuja resident recently at the age of 65.
His death has rekindled jostling among aspirants in the constituency with politicians engaging in subtle moves to oil their political machinery in readiness for when the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would signal the commencement of the electioneering process.
One of such is the candidate of the PDP in the election, Mr. Babatope Akinyele who recently began consultations with stakeholders within the party.
At a well attended meeting held somewhere in Oko-Oba, he enjoined them (members) to work together in the interest of the collective good of the party, saying unbridled quarrel within their ranks cost them the seat.
According to him, those invited to the meeting were stakeholders irrespective of the caucus they belong to, saying what was important was for members to work together to deliver the seat to the PDP.
Addressing the members, Akinyele stated that “We really need to meet with opinion moulders across the wards, units and polling booths. What we want to do is to correct the errors that we made the last time.”
While stating that the move was not in anyway called to flout relevant sections of the Electoral Law of the constitution, Akinyele said it was consultative in nature and that it was called to rekindle hope in members.
On his part, the Chairman of the party in the local government, Alhaji Yisa Adeleye thanked Akinyele for the meeting, which he said will restore hope amongst members.
Addressing members, he urged them to forget the past, saying if all members work in harmony, the PDP is expected to win the seat, saying the APC through the performance of its governments at all levels has made the job of winning the forthcoming election easy.