Ekiti 2018: APC and politics of acrimony – Part 2

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

Those who are not publicising or celebrating Fayemi’s persecution are also guilty of keeping quiet when they should be speaking out to defend him.

How can we call ourselves progressives if we can’t defend our own. You may not like Fayemi, you don’t have to like him, but the fact remains that he was an APC governor and currently an APC minister.

An attack on him is an attack on the APC family, especially in Ekiti State. We should not allow personal ambition to becloud our sense of reasoning. We should be progressive in thoughts and deeds.

APC lost to the PDP in 2014 because as at the time the election came up, the APC in Ekiti State was in total disarray. Even though Fayemi was the governor then, a tree does not make a forest. We should be together in victory or loss.

I am sure, had it been he won the election, most of the negative stories being said about him now may not surface.

Therefore, rather than trading blames and polarizing the party further, we should work on how to unite the party.

There is no aspirant on the field today that can singlehandedly defeat the PDP without the support of the other aspirants.

If you win the primary by disparaging other aspirants, can you win the general election alone? The youths should wake up to their responsibilities because they are the biggest losers, should APC lose to the PDP this year.

As at today, without prejudice to other aspirants, there are three major camps viz:  Kayode Fayemi, Segun Oni and others within the Ekiti State APC. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, like most of the other aspirants, has little or nothing to lose, should APC lose to the PDP.

The losers are the common party faithful who have been in the cold for four years. Can they afford the cold for another four years? This is another reason we should stop taunting anybody that he or she can’t win general election.

The combined strength of these various camps is enough to dislodge the PDP but can the camps ever work together? They have no choice. They either work and stand together or sink separately. 

Whoever is good enough to win the primary can as well win the general election if, and only if, the other aspirants put the interest of the party above personal interest and rally round him for the good of all.

However, where personal interest override party’s interest, what happened in Ondo state may repeat itself in Ekiti State.

In Ondo State, leaders (national and state) openly worked against the party’s interest but in the end, the common interest prevailed. Unfortunately, in Ekiti State we don’t have a Jimoh Ibrahim to do the hatchet job for us.

Therefore, we must approach the battle united or else our loss at the poll will signify direct entry to perdition for Ekiti State APC.

If Fayemi (or any other aspirant) wins the primary and the other camps refuse to support and work for his victory at the gubernatorial election as being tauted in some quarters, thereby leading to another success for the PDP.

The biggest loser wouldn’t be Fayemi but the Ekiti State APC and the common man that wants or desires change.

The leaders (national and state) should call all aspirants and their followers to order. The intraparty wrangling must end. Each time you disparage an aspirant you are indirectly putting the APC at a disadvantage should the person you are disparaging win the primary.

You are equally hurting the APC the more because the person you disparaged may not support you at the general election, should you win the primary.

The more the merrier. You should focus on your aspirant and his ambition and leave the other aspirants alone. If you are not sure your aspirant can win the primary don’t invest your energy on destroying another aspirant whose chance intimidates yours. Let’s act and work together like real progressives, if indeed we are progressives.

Your personal interest, aspiration and ambition shouldn’t jeopardize the party’s success. May the best man win the primary of the APC and may the wish of God prevail in Ekiti State. United we stand, divided we fall!

Concluded.

Ajayi, wrote from Ikoro-Ekiti.

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