JUST IN: President Muhammadu Buhari Receives Heavy Demand From APC Chiefs, Ahead Of The Ekiti State Governorship Election

By Post-Nigeria: May 26, 2018 22:24

JUST IN: President Muhammadu Buhari Receives Heavy Demand From APC Chiefs, Ahead Of The Ekiti State Governorship Election

For the purpose of equity and fair play, a group of Stakeholders in the Ekiti State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to pick Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s successor in the Federal Executive Council, FEC, from Ekiti South Senatorial District.

The group, the Ekiti South Solidarity Forum, said that the step would be an apt and suitable option to pacify the people of the zone, to be able to vote for the candidate of the party in the July 14 Governorship election, having lost the ticket to someone from Ekiti North.

Fayemi, who had picked the party’s Governorship ticket, will soon resign from the Federal Cabinet, in line with the stipulation of the 1999 Constitution.

The group told President Buhari that available records showed that (Buhari) got the largest votes in Ekiti, from the zone during the 2015 Presidential election, that enabled the party to control the Central government.

In a statement by its Coordinator, Dr. Ayo Omodara, in Ado Ekiti, on Saturday, the group stressed that the issue of zoning virulently canvassed by aspirants from the district, had gained traction, and had gone into the psyche of the people, adding that, ceding the Ministerial slot to the zone would go a long way in assuaging the bruises suffered by the District, with the outcome of the party’s primary.

The group maintained that they had it on good authority as insiders, that Fayemi’s running mate would emerge from Ekiti Central, and that it will only be apposite to pick the Minister from the South, to engender political balancing, and give the people sense of belonging.

The group further disclosed that the zone remains the only District that has not produced the Governor since 1999, when each of the other zones had enjoyed such opportunities twice, saying that the APC had the opportunity to correct the political imbalance in the last primary, but the move did not actualise.

It said that losing the Governorship ticket had brought about serious disenchantment to the ranks of the electorates from the District, comprising six Local Governments, adding that, this could be a veritable opportunity for their spirits to be lifted with that thinking that their future is bright in APC.

The group told the President that Politicians of APC extraction from the District, had resolved to zealously rally support for Fayemi, in the coming election, on the strength of their avowed and unflinching belief in party supremacy.

It stated: “Mr. President, we quite appreciate your neutrality in the just-concluded primary. We have seen Presidents in this country who were imposing Governors in various States from Abuja, but your Excellency, your own was different.

“You have always been playing the role of father figure to all aspirants. And we did not suspect that you made any move, either overtly or covertly, to aid the emergence of Dr. Fayemi in that primary, and that was profoundly commendable.

“And we understand that President Buhari is a peace-loving father, who could have listened and conceded to the idea that the Governorship candidate should be picked from the South, but for the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and APC constitution and Guidelines, which did not allow such.

“But we are glad that the President has no constitutional encumbrances in who he appoints as a Minister, and we appeal that he uses this opportunity to put the soothing balm on the bruises suffered by the zone, with the loss of the Gubernatorial ticket, by picking Dr. Fayemi’s successor in FEC, from Ekiti South Senatorial District.

“The zone comprises six Local Governments, with enormous numerical strength in terms of voting, that will be suicidal to be underestimated in the equation that could facilitate the APC winning Ekiti State.

“We believe that Mr. President acceding to this request will fast-track and reenact the friendship with the people of the zone, who have always been supporting the progressives party.”

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