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Ekiti no-go area for APC, PDP tells Odigie-Oyegun

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The National Chairman, of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State yesterday told the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, to forget victory in the July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State.

It said: “Ekiti is a no go area for the APC.”

State Chairman of the PDP, Gboyega Oguntuase, was reacting to a statement credited to Odigie-Oyegun in Ado-Ekiti on Monday that the July 14, 2018 Ekiti governorship election was a must win for the party and that every available resources would be deployed to win the poll.

He said: “If Odigie-Oyegun believes that the federal might will be used to manipulate the election in favour of the APC, Ekiti people are well prepared to resist the APC and its rigging plot.”

Addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, Oguntuase urged the international community as well as civil society organisations (CSOs) in the country to “focus their attention on the processes leading to the conduct of the Ekiti governorship election so as to ensure that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducts an election that truly represents the will of the people.

“Every single APC member here in Ekiti knows that the party is nowhere near any chance of winning one out of the 16 local councils in the state.

“The only thing they have been saying is that Governor Ayodele Fayose has been giving President Muhammadu Buhari problems and he (Buhari) has vowed to go to any length to take Ekiti from the governor so as to serve as a payback for his persistent criticism of the President.

“To us in the PDP, we can begin to draw correlation between yesterday’s ‘we must win the Ekiti election by fire by force’ comment by Odigie-Oyegun with the way APC leaders have been boasting of using federal might to take Ekiti.

“However, we are sure that even if President Buhari is brought to Ekiti as the INEC Returning Officer for the election, APC will still fail,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Odigie-Oyegun has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was winning the war against corruption in the country.

He said this when he received the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State, Dr. Abubakar Dzukogi, and his management team, assuring that the war against corruption, which is a cardinal agenda of the APC-led administration, was being won to the extent that it no longer threatens the nation’s economy.


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