Some stakeholders in Ekiti chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC), have commended the elders’ forum of the party for endorsing zoning of the governorship ticket for the 2018 poll.
The concerned leaders, under the auspices of Itesiwaju Ekiti , a political platform of a governorship aspirant and former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Bamidele Faparusi, said the zoning if effected would help in injecting geographical balancing into the politics of the state.
They spoke yesterday at a forum organized by the group in Ode Ekiti, Gbonyin local government area of the state to drum support for zoning.
The Chairman of the elders’ forum in the State, Chief George Akosile and his deputy, Chief Femi Oyebanjo , had at various fora endorsed zoning, saying it remains the only way to ensure justice , equity, and fairplay among the three districts in Ekiti
Addressing the members of Itesiwaju group, Faparusi said the step taken by the elders was commendable, adding that such would help in stabilizing the APC ahead of the poll.
“This action is commendable. Our party needs elders who can speak the truth not minding whose ox is gored.
“If you check the political trajectory since 1999, the Ekiti south has not produced the governor. The duo of Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Governor Ayodele Fayose are from the Central. Former Governors Kayode Fayemi
and Segun Oni are from the North, so this it is only fair to give the south a chance in 2018.
“This situation happened in Anambra State before 2013. The Anambra North was not allowed to produce the governor but when elders of that state met, they pleaded and the present governor, Chief Willie Obiano
was given the chance.
“In any pluralistic society like Nigeria, ethnicity, religion and territorial location played prominent role in determining leadership positions, particularly the one that is as high as governorship.
“The agitation from the south was only normal and it will be political wise for the National Working Committee to listen to this voice of reasoning , so that winning the election can be easier”, he said.
Another prominent member of Itesiwaju Ekiti and former Majority leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon Churchill Adedipe, said it sounded so imperious for people to add8ce the fact that the area has no credible aspirant that can win election.
“This comment was made in a bad faith. A region with people of note can’t be regarded as having no person that can win elections.
“The leader of this group, Hon Faparusi is a household name in the politics of the state. He has won elections and he will deliver if given the opportunity. He has paid his dues in the party through series of empowerment he had instituted to give the people a new lease of life.
“I want to plead with APC to see zoning as a critical weapon that can be deployed to defeat the PDP in 2018, because the electorates are even expecting the party to toe this line”.
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