The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus on on Monday inaugurated the Ekiti State Governorship Campaign Council at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
The election is scheduled for July 14, 2018.
Secondus, who stated that Nigeria is being dragged to the “dark day”, expressed confidence that the party’s candidate, Prof Kolapo Eleke, would emerge victorious.
He said: “Ekiti state means so much to our party because of the strategic position it occupies in that geopolitical region and the fact that it’s a test run election ahead of Osun state governorship election in September and the general elections in less than one year from now.
“Ordinarily given the enviable achievements of our party in the state in the area of delivering democracy dividend to the people in the last three years under the leadership of our able irrepressible Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Chief Peter Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti should be a smooth contest for us, but intelligence available to the party shows that the All Progressives Congress, APC is planning in their own words to “capture Ekiti at all cost.
“Part of the costs has started manifesting with the shooting carried out at their own rally on Thursday last week which happened to be a continuation of the violence they launched on themselves and the state since their primaries last month.
“Because of their desperation, a hitherto peaceful state of Ekiti has been turned into a war zone for a party whose electoral presence in the state is very negligible if any at all.
“Your Excellency, this campaign council has a gigantic task of achieving one thing, to ensure that the electoral desires of Ekiti people are realized.
“Your work basically is to harness the aspirations of Ekiti people and ensure that their will prevail.
“Recently I have had to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari to be at the forefront for the campaign for one-man-one vote ahead of 2019 because the indicators out there are not palatable.
“The signs are there for all to see that the attitude of the ruling party is that of a drowning man desperate to survive and whose posture is ‘if I cannot make it let me go down with others’
“The heightened heat in the polity right now in the country is unnecessary if the APC administration is willing and equipped to face the electorates, but where it’s obvious that they have nothing to offer to get the votes of Nigerians, they are resorting to all devious means to undermine the democratic process.
“Information available to us shows that in Ekiti, they are trying to use all skillful underhand means to achieve goals but the people are well charged to not only come out to cast their votes on July 14 but that they are ready to defend it.
“At this juncture, let me warn that if there is any attempt to thwart the will of the people in Ekiti state, there may be no general election and the entire democratic process will be in endangered.
“APC has no positive record in Ekiti state to warrant their thinking that they could win election and they know this as a fact.”