Ebun Francis || John Oyegun, the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC), on Monday said the party will deploy all it has to win the Ekiti State governorship election scheduled for July 14, 2018.
According to Oyegun, who was in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, to flag off the party’s Continuous Registration Exercise, the coming election is a ‘must-win’ for the party.
He assured that the party would conduct a free, fair and credible primary, saying there would be no padding of the delegates’ list or any fraudulent practice that could undermine the credibility of the exercise.
Oyegun said, “Though we are in power at the centre, that doesn’t mean we should not work hard. President Muhahmmadu Buhari as you know him will not rig or compromise or subvert the will of the electorate; so we must work hard to deserve the victory that will come to us.”
“To all the aspirants, you must not campaign as if there won’t be tomorrow. Don’t campaign in a way that breeds enmity. I learnt that you are above 30, but the large number shouldn’t be a source of discord.”
“Let me say this clearly, anybody who wants to fly the flag of our party must maintain decorum. But we shall be fair to you as much as possible because there can’t be peace when justice is denied.
“We must not also have bad losers, you must work with whoever the electors pick as their candidate.
“The aspirants must ensure that there is no division or factionalisation before and after the primary. We are also barring members of SWC (state working committee) from joining the bandwagon of campaign for any of the aspirants because this can cause further division.”
According to him, the party’s choice of Ekiti to flag off the continuous registration programme was strategic, saying this conveyed a vivid and strong message of love for the people of the state.
“I am happy with APC in Ekiti with the level of mobilization from our aspirants. You have shown that you are desirous to join the progressive fold. We didn’t choose Ekiti for the flag off of this programme by accident,” he said.
“We must know that Ekiti is facing one of the most important elections in our history. God has put the victory on our laps, he has put it in our hands and we must not lose it.
“We at the national headquarters have decided that this election is one that we will work hard, leave no stone unturned, because to us this is a must-win election.
“As you know, President Buhari won’t alter or compromise the outcome of election, this shows Ekiti will have free and fair election, so we must be united and work hard to achieve victory together.”
The APC national chairman was received on arrival by party chieftains, including, Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, the Deputy National Chairman(South), Segun Oni, and members of the State Working Committee.