The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State has boasted that it will win the July 14 gubernatorial election in the state despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s endorsement of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
The party, in a statement issued by its publicity secretary, Mr Jackson Adebayo, expressed confidence of winning the polls “because of the emerging confusion within the ranks of the opposition party in Ekiti State”.
According to Adebayo, the party is “confident of winning the election even if President Mohammadu Buhari moves the whole garrison to help APC,” adding that, “we believe that the army would turn to spectators when they see how Ekiti people would react with their votes”.
He described some party members that defected to the APC as “some disgruntled members of the party who are only destined to share in the imminent failure of APC at the forthcoming poll”.
The PDP claimed that “the rate by which members of the APC are defecting to PDP at the grassroots is highly encouraging to us, and that should be enough signal to the party that the game would not be on their side”.
According to Adebayo, “the defection into PDP by the caliber of grassroot mobilisers like a former majority leader in Ekiti State house of Assembly, Lai Oke; Chief Bode Agbeleye from Ijero Local Government and other leaders of APC across the state is enough testimony that APC has no business in going into the election in the first instance.”
While further criticizing the APC, Adebayo added, “the confusion that rocked the flag-off of the APC candidate’s campaign where a former member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele, and five others were shot, and the violence that marred their party’s attempt to elect a candidate are pointers to the confusion in the party.”
The Ekiti PDP spokesman said, “nobody in the state can forget in a hurry how Fayemi’s government brought pain and wailing to the families of those who were cut down in their prime just for sharing different views with the APC candidate and Ekiti people would not want such a government to evolve again.”
He expressed optimism that the PDP would win the coming election in the state because “Ekiti people are angry with both Dr Kayode Fayemi, and and APC as a party because an average Nigerian sees the party as synonymous with suffering, pain and wickedness while to Ekiti man Fayemi is coming to symbolize the negative acronym of his party which includes creation of cattle colony in Ekiti State.”