By Samuel Awoyinfa on 13/07/2014

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The Peoples Democratic Party governor-elect in Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, over the weekend warned leaders and elders of the party to guard against imposition of candidates in the coming 2015 general elections.

He gave this warning at the Oke Mosan, Abeokuta PDP secretariat during a rally of the party, which drew mammoth crowd.

Fayose had earlier held a stakeholders meeting with some party leaders in the state.

He was in company with the national auditor of the party, Adewale Adeyanju, state chairmen from Ondo and Ekiti, among others.

Addressing the crowd made up of party loyalists, and aspirants, he noted that imposition would not allow the emergence of credible and authentic candidates.

He said, “I want to beg all our party leaders and elders in PDP to guard against the imposition of candidates in the coming general elections.

“We must give all the candidates equal opportunity, a level playing ground. We must allow them to go through the primaries. If a boy hawking ice cream wants to be a councillor, we should allow him. That is the only way we can have credible candidates that can win elections.”

Fayose, who is now the leader of the party in the South-West, told party loyalists that “this is the time to reconcile all those who left the party and bring them back to the fold.”

He explained that part of his duties in the state was to meet those staunch leaders of the party in the state who had left due to the in-fighting and factionalisation which it experienced shortly before the 2011 governorship election.

Though he said he had visited some of them, Fayose immediately said he had reached out to a former governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel, and he expressed his intention to meet Jubril Martins-Kuye.

Also, the chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, Abiodun Akinlade stressed the importance of politics of inclusion in the state.

Akinlade, a third-term member of the House urged the party to reach out to those who had left to return.

The lawmaker, who was elected on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria defected to PDP with many of his supporters.

The chairman, organisation and mobilisation committee of the PDP in the South-West, Prince Buruji Kashamu, also echoed Fayose and Akinlade viewpoints, stressing that he had personally ensured he brought back some elders who were aggrieved and had left the party.

He noted that he was not vying for any elective post or seeking appointment from government but he was being motivated to spend his time, energy and resources, so as to liberate the people from the shackles of poverty.

He said, “I am not doing this so as to become the governor or to be appointed as a minister. Again, I don’t have any child or a member of my family who wants to contest for any position. All I am doing is to liberate the people.”


Posted on July, 13 2014

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