The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, on Friday said the ruling party, All Progressives Congress would not indulge in vote-buying in the forthcoming elections.
Egbeyemi said APC will not engage in any filthy practice that can cast a pall on the party, saying APC led government monumental achievements and President Buhari’s integrity would serve as a pointer.
Speaking while inaugurating the APC Ekiti Central senatorial Campaign council for the 2019 elections, Egbeyemi, said the only thing he foresaw that can dim the chances of the party is act of betrayal.
The Council is to campaign across the 57 wards in the district for the victories of President Muhammadu Buhari and senatorial candidate, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, the House of Representatives candidates in constituencies 1 and II, Hon Sola Fatoba and Hon Wunmi Ogiunlola respectively and the House of Assembly candidates in the next elections.
Egbeyemi said : “The task is not too much for us to achieve. We are here today because Bamidele didn’t die during the gunshot of June 1, 2018. God specifically preserved him for the senatorial ticket, because he will win.
“We are not going to buy votes, we are not used to it. Even those who did it in the last election got instant punishment. All we need to tell our people is that our candidates will do well the way governor Kayode Fayemi has been doing”, he stated.
“The laudable achievement of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Fayemi within his first 100 days in office was enough to serve as a pointer to the people of Ekiti State to vote massively for APC in the coming polls”
” If members are given any logistic, make judicious use of it in the interest of our party. Let us be dedicated. All we want is free and fair elections, we wont engage in vote buying and tolerate crisis.
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“When I saw the list of the council, I had a conclusion that these were people that own the district, so the job has been made easier if only we can go home and work hard.
” I want you to embark on house to house campaign and let people know Fayemi has started well and ready to do more to deliver dividends of good governance”, he said.
He advised members of the All Progressives Congress(APC) not to betray the party for their candidates to be victorious in the next elections.
The senatorial candidate of the party in Ekiti Central, Hon Bamidele said the candidates in the district will run a joint campaign since it is about the survival of the party and not about individual.
The APC state Chairman, Barr. Paul Omotoso urged members to avoid division and educate voters to reduce the number of void votes that affected the party in the last governorship election.
Omotoso urged them to begin voter education, bemoaning that the party lost over 18,000 votes to poor voting in the last governorship election held in the state thereby reducing the margin of defeat to 19,000.
” No one can be willing to join PDP today, because it is crisis-ridden. So, as we are trying to poach good people in the opposition, don’t allow crisis that can dissuade those who want to join us. We must work as a team for these coming polls.
“We are not going to tolerate a situation whereby you will be our member and you will vote for PDP on the day of election.
Omotoso added that the PDP is no longer a credible alternative in Ekiti and Nigeria at large, saying any APC member who betrays the party shall pay for it dearly.
Going by its composition, the Deputy governor is the Grand Patron of the council, while Chief J.F. Alake is the Chairman and is to be co-chaired by Chief Remi Oguntuase .