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APC Stakeholders Lament Self-inflicted Pains In Ekiti

Posted: Sep 11, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Yaqoub Popoola


Stakeholders in the Ekiti State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, have been meeting with a view to forging a common front that will return the progressives to the front burner position in the state.

The party faithfuls who met recently at the Ikere country home of Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, former governor of the old Ondo State, comprising the present Ondo and Ekiti States, lamented the self-inflicted pains they have caused upon themselves as a result of lack of internal democracy and cohesion resulting in the nose-diving fortune of the party of late. They however expressed their absolute trust in the leadership of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, both at the regional and national levels of APC.

In a communiqué issued after the meeting convened by Evangelist Olumilua, party faithful observed that their problem in the state was as a result of the leadership problems which they suffered ansd still suffering  after the party lost the gubernatorial election on 21st June 2014.

This, they said, could not have arisen but for  the inability of the three former governors, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Engr. Segun Oni and the immediate past governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to cooperate among themselves to give the party the desired leadership and sense of direction.

“Consequent upon this leadership problem, the party became directionless and groups and caucuses started to emerge, each group with the sole aim of finding ways of bringing life into the party again,” members said, adding that the lack of cohesion greatly affected the fortune of the party because the party had been badly factionalised.

It was also noted that the party executive at the state levels could not provide necessary leadership because it was suffering from legitimacy problems arising from the imposition by the leaders who had already abandoned the party.

“Arising from this state of confusion, the party now became a serial loser of elections in Ekiti State in governorship elections, presidential elections, Senatorial elections, House of Representatives elections and House of Assembly elections were serially lost without winning any of the electoral constituencies.

Ordinarily, this should not have been, since Ekiti is known for its progressive leaning ever since the earlier days of partisan politics.