A former Group Managing Director of Wema Bank and chieftain of PDP in
Ekiti State, Mr. Bisi Omoyeni has reacted to the “purported endorsement” of Prof. Kolapo Eleka by a group of people as the sole candidate of PDP in the 2018 governorship election.
Addressing a marmot crowd of party faithful who trooped out in large numbers to catch a glimpse at the man referred to as “Omo Ayiye” by the Ikere people as he made a triumphant entry to Ikere yesterday in furtherance of his ambition to become the next governor of Ekiti State come October 2018.
In a press statement issued over the weekend by Yemi Akinbode, the Director of Media & Publicity Bisi Omoyeni Campaign Organisation, the PDP Governorship aspirant said I have received the reports of endorsement of a sole candidate with disbelief, saying it defile all logic to adopt a candidate ahead of the primary of the PDP in Ekiti
State. In a race where there are over 8 aspirants, how can we have a sole candidate without the consent of others?
In his words, “it has become necessary at this moment in regards to the current development in our party, the PDP ahead of the 2018 gubernatorial election in Ekiti state, to reassure my teeming supporters, friends, party stalwarts and well wishers that ‘am still in the race for the exalted seat which will become vacant at the expiration of administration of the incumbent Governor, Dr Ayodele Fayose”.
According to him, it is no longer news that the good of Ekiti are clamouring for a good, credible and experienced candidate who can pilot the affairs of Ekiti without any fear or favour. A candidate who
will be fair and good to all. That is what Ekiti people want for now. We are ready to provide the kind of leadership that will rebuild and reposition Ekiti state for greater heights. ”I want to state clearly, that we have come to reassure our people that we are ready to fill in the gap and ensure the progress and
development that all Ekitis home and in the Diaspora longed for”. It is very clear that the purported endorsement defiles all logic and also negates the principle of internal democracy.
Moreso, is the fact that the purported candidate cannot win a secret ballot in a free and fair election. It is obvious that the party leadership are not happy
about this, even though some may not be willing to express their displeasure about this decision.
Omoyeni further charged the party stakeholders to remain loyal to the leadership of the PDP in Ekiti, especially the amiable Governor, Dr. Ayodele Fayose a.k.a Peter the Rock.
According to him, “What is happening here today is the determination of our people, Ikere in particular and Ekiti in general to persuade and convince our leader to allow us have a level plain ground for the
2018 governorship primary. In the past two weeks I have held wide discussions and conversations with a cross section of our party leaders and stakeholders, and it is very clear that what they want is a transparent and credible primary. So we are appealing to our Governor to allow the wish of the people to prevail, as that is the only way that PDP can win the upcoming 2018 governorship Election”.
He said, “we shall soon commence full scale mobilization and sensitization of party members, especially delegates to the party primary with a view to selling our 7-point development agenda to them.
Our party cannot afford to impose any candidate on Ekiti people at this crucial time. We would engage all the party faithful,stakeholders, leaders and the general public in a manner that will guarantee the emergence of the standard flag bearer of the party in a transparent, free and fair party primary.
Omoyeni also reassured the leadership of the party at both state and national level of his unflinching loyalty and support if a formidable candidate is presented. “It is very important to note that, at this
point in time we cannot afford to derail as a party and we should be mindful of every issue that can cause disharmony and crisis within the
party” he said. The people led by Hon. Sesan Owoeye, former Ikere Local Government Chairman took the Bisi Omoyeni political train in their hundreds
through Oke Osun, Ogbonjana, Oke Ikere, Atiba and Okeruku, chanted various solidarity songs in support of the PDP aspirant. The procession of the people in motorcade and okada riders which started at about 9:00 am from the Iju border end, created huge traffic
gridlock as people scrambled to be part of the procession.