The former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State and frontline gubernatorial aspirant in the forthcoming election under the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Professor Olusola Eleka, has stated that the return of the party to power come
2022 is not negotiable.
Eleka, who stated this in a press statement personally signed, on Thursday, also expressed that he is committed to any discussion or movement that will bring about peace and unity in the party, with a view to ensuring victory at the polls in 2022.
The former deputy governor, while noting further that Ekiti South Agenda is a right and timely demand to ensure fairness in the distribution of power in the state, explained that nobody is indispensable in politics, and everyone should be given the opportunity to contribute to the development of the party and the state entirely.
He said: “In a situation where the party is in the opposition, leaders of repute, both within and outside the states are welcome to discuss the future of the party and strategies to use to oust the ruling All Progressive Congress.
I have seen where some people argued about the homogeneity nature of the state. This may be right and also be seen from another perspective. “What is the rationale behind picking a deputy from another zone, different from where the governor comes from since the creation of the state in 1996? So, I want to clearly state that nobody is indispensable in politics; hence all stakeholders should be given the opportunity and fair hearing to contribute to the development of the party and the state.”
Eleka, however, urged stakeholders to put the interest of the party first in their political dealings and called on all members in the sixteen local government areas to join hands together to deliver the return of PDP to power in 2022.
“There is clear evidence that the South has been marginalised directly or indirectly. It will be magnanimous enough to look at the South in 2022, given the array of quintessential leaders of substance in the zone to man the leadership of the state for another 4 years.
“I can tell you that aggrieved APC members are on the lookout for a united PDP for option in 2022 because the current APC government under Dr. Fayemi has failed in its promises to deliver good governance in Ekiti State. As PDP leaders and stakeholders are preparing to elect the party’s candidate in the forthcoming primary election, competence, unity of purpose and accessibility of aspirants should be considered ahead of stipends,” Eleka said.
He also charged party members who are eighteen years above not to take voter’s registration with kid
gloves, saying that technological advancement, which has reshaped the electoral process, is important to change the status quo in Ekiti.