. Says Ekiti as important as Presidential election
By Ezeocha Nzeh
The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday charged its 77 man election campaign team for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State to see the election ad important as winning the 2019 Presidential poll.
The party noted this during the inaugurated of the National Campaign Council, headed by Kebbi Staye Governor, Atiku Bagudu.
The campaign counvil also have 14 serving Governors and seven Ministers to give the incubent governor Fayose a good contest.
However, the inauguration witnessed a low turn as 13, out of the 14 Governors, including the chairman were absent. Only Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu attended the inauguration, which was performed by the Deputy National Chairman (North) of the party, Senator Lawal Shuaibu on behalf of the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun.
The party’s candidate for the election, Dr. Kayode Fayemi was conspicuously missing at the inauguration, just as majority of members of the council shunned the inauguration..
Explaining the shock absence of most of the listed council members, National Organising Secretary of APC, Osita Izunaso, said majority of the members were absent because of communication problem, pointing out that they have not been communicated about their,membership of the committee.
Also, former Deputy National Chairman and one of the aspirants that lost at the governorship primary, Engr. Segun Oni was absent, together with other aspirants, who were listed as members of the council.
The 77 member campaign council has Governors Kebbi, Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Kwara, Zamfara, Jigawa, Plateau, Edo, Kogi, Borno and Adamawa are members of the committee, one minister from each of the six geopolitical zone as well as former Deputy National Chairman (south),Engr. Segun Oni among others.
While inaugurating the campaign council yesterday in Abuja, Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, said the party sees the Ekiti election as one important election it must win before the 2019 Presidential election, adding that the party will not relent in its efforts to recapture the state.
“To show you the the importance we placed on the Ekiti election, I want to inform you that this election is just a little below the presidential election to us.”
Responding on behalf of the chairman, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, said they will take the task assigned to them as very important, stressing that “this is not the first time the importance of this election has been emphasized. When those of us from the South west met with the President, he stressed the importance of the election.
“It’s importance is very great to us in the South west and it is a task that must be accomplished. We will map out strategies to win the election because we have faced many affront and so many challenges had been thrown at us by Fayose.
“My brother, Ayo Fayose who is there has thrown a lot of challenges at us and we must be united to confront that challenge and if we failed in this task, it means that we a not serious as a party.”