Former Deputy Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Taiwo Olatunbosun says the party has been repositioned to win the June 18 governorship election.
Olatunbosun said the efforts of the Reconciliation Committee put in place by the party to resolve the post-primary election grievances were already yielding dividends, with more of the aspirants who lost in the shadow poll expressing readiness to work for the party.
The Chairman of the Ekiti State House of Assembly Commission said any opposition party hoping to harvest members from the APC over the January 27 governorship primary would be disappointed.
Olatunbosun, who spoke on Saturday as a guest on THE CONVERSATION, a programme on New Cruse 92.7 FM, Ikere, monitored by our correspondent, described the APC flagbearer, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, as a “popularly elected candidate who was chosen by overwhelming majority of party members.”
He said the assignment of the Post-Primary Reconciliation Committee, led by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has been made easier by Oyebanji’s extension of his hand of fellowship to other contestants, many of whom are ready to work for the party’s victory at the polls.
Olatunbosun, who is also a former Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation believes that the APC would coast home to victory on the strength of what he called “the good legacies and impressive performance” of Governor Kayode Fayemi in over three years in office.
He appealed to the Ekiti electorate to ensure continuity of good governance in the State for the first time in its history.
Olatunbosun said: “The APC is getting stronger everyday and it is in a pole position to win the forthcoming governorship election. Those parties wishing to harvest members from the APC will be disappointed at the end because of the internal reconciliation going on.
“Politics is about interests and all the people being referred to as aggrieved, they have said it openly and publicly that they are not leaving the party and they are going to work for the party at the election.
“The truth of the matter is that the Reconciliation Committee has been out in place and working very hard on the assignment it has been saddled with. The candidate elected in the primary was popularly elected, and as a matter of fact, the election was free and fair.
“We may have some individuals who may be disappointed that they were not elected at the primary because they would have loved to be governor but the truth of the matter is that we can only have one governorship candidate.
“A governorship candidate, a popular one has been elected and he has extended his hands of fellowship to all of them that contested with him, and they have all pledged to work for the party.
“The issue of the governorship primary has been laid to rest and I can assure you that all the people that participated in that primary have pledged and publicly pledged that they are going to work for the party.
“Until we we get to the campaign ground, you will see people, you will see almost all of them (contestants at the primary) on the campaign train, it is then that you will believe that our party is strong, prepared and ready to win and continue in governance.”
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