By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi has declared that the All
Progressives Congress (APC) will field “popular and loyal members capable of winning elections for the party in the coming local government elections in the state.
The governor disclosed this while speaking at an enlarged meeting with APC members from Ibadan/Ibarapa zone held at Lafia Hotel, Ibadan,
According to the governor there is the need for APC members in the state “to shelve individual ambitions capable of threatening the long term interest of the APC” adding that there will be a fair playing ground for all aspirants in the build up to the election .
He emphasized that APC in the state would ensure it fielded popular and loyal members capable of winning elections for the party, irrespective of the time they joined the party.
“We called this meeting so that no member will be discriminated against, no matter the former political parties they belonged to before joining APC, or any group they identify with within the party. The party belongs to us all and we must unite ahead of the election” he said.
The governor maintained that the state government is set to conduct the local government election as soon as the pending court case was settled and that
the party would hold normal primaries which leaders of the party would supervise to ensure that the exercise was not hijacked by those that might be harbouring primordial interests.
“It is for sure that we would have election to the local councils and our party will certainly conduct primary election before the general election to enhance the success of our party.
Whether we like it or not democracy must be guided and we will do that to ensure victory for our party. The likes of late Chief Bola Ige and Lam Adeshina guided processes that led to all elections during their time and this accounts for the progressives politics we all talk about today.We will not shy away from doing same. We will expect loyal party members to tow the stipulations of the leaders.”
While asking members to rally behind candidates that would eventually be fielded by the APC in the larger interest of the party,Governor Ajimobi
emphasized the need for cooperation, unity and commitment by members to strengthen the party’s progressive ideals and to enhance victory of its candidates in the forthcoming local government election.
“This meeting is important for the cohesion of members and for internal campaign processes to commence and to make opposition parties know that we are together. I solicit your cooperation and commitment. If we go into the election as a united entity we are sure of a landslide victory”.