By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
As the Ekiti State Gubernatorial polls slated for July 14 this year approaches, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Hon. Bamidele Faparusi has expressed worry that the party may end up regretting if it refuses to hearken to the agitations for the zoning of the governorship ticket to the south senatorial district of the state.
Faparusi,who was a member of the seventh House of Representatives said what Ekiti people are yearning for is farness, justice and fairplay among the three senatorial districts, describing those working against the agitation as “selfish politicians, who have no respect for the populace”.
The former federal lawmaker had also inaugurated his campaign team,with former Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon.
Churchill Adedipe appointed as his Campaign Director among other
senatorial and wards’ coordinators that were composed to work for his
emergence at the primary.
Speaking while unveiling his governorship aspiration at the party’s office in Ado-Ekiti,the state capital on Wednesday,Faparusi said zoning has become a serious issue the party can’t discountenance except it was not desirous of winning the election.
He said as a politician and technocrat ,he would rebuild the state’s economy via robust commercial agriculture, tourism,youth employment through vocational training, institutionalization of social security
for aged,sick and unemployed and free education to the secondary
The APC gubernatorial hopeful appealed to delegates to do away with those he described as ‘money bags’ from mortgaging their future at the primary.
“Many of them have borrowed monies from neighbouring states, from friends in London and USA and when they win election,hardly could they do anything because they have borrowed more than the economy of the state could cope with,we had experienced this before”,he counseled.
On the zoning palaver,Faparusi said: “The entire six local
governments in the south have taken a position on this and that was
why Governor Ayodele Fayose,who wanted to pick an Ado-Ekiti person
initially quickly opted for his Deputy,Prof. Kolapo Olusola,who is
from Ikere in the south, so APC must do same.
“Governor Fayose was not a fool to have done that. He has done his
opinion poll very well. So ,I beg the APC State and National Working
Committees that if they really love APC,they must support south
“Our leaders must make sacrifices the way Asiwaju Bola Tinubu did in
2015. President Muhammadu Buhari had conceded the Vice Presidential ticket to him, but for fear of Muslim-Muslim ticket,he decided to give way for VP Yemi Osinbajo and that was why APC won.
“I see no reason why it was difficult for some Ekiti APC leaders to
make sacrifices if not for selfishness, greed and pride”,he added.
Faparusi added that posterity shall judge positively whoever makes
sacrifice well for the party to be able to reclaim the state back from
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming election.
He promised to be ‘servant ’to the party members if given the
opportunity to fly the party’s flag and eventually won the July 14 poll.