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‘Ekiti South politicians accepting deputy governorship are traitors’

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh (Abuja) and Ayodele Afolabi (Ado Ekiti)
25 January 2022   |   2:47 am
Powershift agitators in Ekiti State, under the auspices of Ekiti Concerned Citizens’ Group (ECCG), have described politicians of Ekiti South extraction that accept

Fayemi. Photo/facebook/JKayodeFayemi

Powershift agitators in Ekiti State, under the auspices of Ekiti Concerned Citizens’ Group (ECCG), have described politicians of Ekiti South extraction that accept to play second fiddle as traitors.

The group insisted that the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties must pick their candidates from Ekiti South Senatorial District for the June 18, 2022 governorship election.

It is considered as outrageous, the purported marginalisation of the district, since the outset of the Fourth Republic in 1999, saying that it is time the anomaly is corrected for the purpose of equity and the future generation of Ekiti.

ECCG Chairman, Femi Babalola, said this in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, at a press conference on the outcome of the interactions with aspirants of Ekiti South, ahead of the PDP and APC primaries slated for Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

Babalola said: “Governor Kayode Fayemi promised the South in 2018, and we are now bothered that he is changing the goal post. But we thank God that the people are really sympathising with us.

“The people of the South will regard any governorship aspirant from the South that takes deputy governorship slot from any candidate as a traitor. What we want is governorship.”

AHEAD of tomorrow’s primary election, the national leadership of PDP has warned its members in Ekiti to avoid distraction and focus on the task of unseating the ruling party.

The warning came amid protests at the party’s national secretariat against perceived attempts to manipulate the primary, which prompted an emergency stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja, yesterday.

Present at yesterday’s meeting were the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and some members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) including the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

At the meeting, Ayu charged members to avoid actions that could make it difficult for the PDP to take over power in the state and at the national level.

He said if the PDP is able to chase out the ruling party, everybody would know that it means business.

“So I appeal to all of you from an Ekiti not to lose track of that key goal. Any other thing is a distraction. You must keep in focus the goal we have; first to win Ekiti, and to win every possible state and then ultimately win the presidential election,” Ayu said.

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