2022: ‘House Boy’ Won’t Be Ekiti Governor, Says Ojudu

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

As the Ekiti State Governorship elections  holding in 2022 draws closer, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, has vowed that progressive politicians within the fold of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not allow anyone that would be perceived as a ‘house boy’ to be imposed as governor of the state.

Ojudu said, though it was too early for him to declare interest in the exalted position.

Ojudu spoke on Friday, while revalidating his membership of the APC at  Ereguru area, Ward 8, Ado-Ekiti Local Government area of Ekiti State..

On the seeming cold war between him and Governor Fayemi, Ojudu denied having serious crisis with the governor, saying “all I have with the governor is just political differences and not crisis”.

He added that the APC would work assiduously to prevent the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) from snatching the governorship seat.

Ojudu said: “I can assure you that there will be no imposition. Anybody who is a member of our party would be free to contest the primary. We will allow democratic process to take place.

“But we don’t want somebody who is a stranger or a houseboy in our party to be imposed as governor”.

Ojudu added further: “Let me tell you this, I don’t have any crisis with the governor, but  I have differences  with him. In political situation, differences are allowed, groups are allowed.  I may not belong  to Fayemi’s  group , but I am a member of the party,  he too is also a member. I cannot chase him away from the party, neither can he chase me away from the party. Every member of our party is qualified  to do the revalidation.

“Power is transient. Whoever has power today may not have it tomorrow. Governor Ayodele Fayose was there yesterday and was beating everybody all over the place,he is no longer there today.

“Dr Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo were once presidents,  but today, they are no longer there again.

“I want  Ekiti state to be governed  well so that people can go to their farms peacefully. Ekiti should not be poor  and all what we need is tenacity of purpose and good leadership. We did not need anybody who will come here to graze like herds and run away.

“We need people who are committed to service. Look at what late Lateef Jakande did in four years in Lagos. He never stepped out of Lagos for one day. we need selfless leaders not a houseboy or housegirl who will always distance himself from the people he is serving.
We need those who can identify with his people”.

Ojudu said the registration exercise would help to ascertain true members of the party, saying the fact that the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, who had vehemently opposed the exercise later participated exemplified party supremacy in APC .

“This exercise is a good idea. Revalidation will tell us us that our people still have interest in us. It has assisted us to mobilize our members. It has assisted in telling us that our members still have interest in our party across the country. Those who are not progressives are interested in us and wanting to join the party, just because we are progressives”.

The Special Adviser said people like former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode was not needed in APC despite that the registration was meant to mobilise  members for the party.

“For me, members of our party have spoken. They have expressed their displeasure that anybody who could boldly abuse the president and insulted the Vice President, denigrate our party and a section of Nigeria is not welcome in our party, that is my position and generality of our party members.

“If Fani Kayode has decided to come, he has seen the sign that he is not welcome in the party. Though we need people in our party, but it should be those who have characters that one can be proud of”.

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